Reason to Believe

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As an alternative to the Republican agenda, Cuomo presents a mandate for fulfilling America's potential to be the greatest and most compassionate nation on earth. If we are to overcome our cynicism, reinvent government, and find a new language for discussing our future, we must look to each other. We must "reconcile our profound instinct for individualism with our inescapable need for a sense of community." For those who long for a voice that rises above the petty political squabbles over gasoline taxes, the ...
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Overview

As an alternative to the Republican agenda, Cuomo presents a mandate for fulfilling America's potential to be the greatest and most compassionate nation on earth. If we are to overcome our cynicism, reinvent government, and find a new language for discussing our future, we must look to each other. We must "reconcile our profound instinct for individualism with our inescapable need for a sense of community." For those who long for a voice that rises above the petty political squabbles over gasoline taxes, the minimum wage, and same-sex marriages, Cuomo's Reason to Believe revives our faith, restores our vision, and inspires our hope for America's future.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Former New York Governor Cuomo offers a liberal rebuttal of the Contract with America, offering his own solutions to the nation's current ills. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Chartock (political science, SUNY-New Paltz) hosted a radio show for 12 years on which he interviewed New York's thenGovernor Mario Cuomo once a week discussing whatever issue on the state and national political scene he or the governor felt was worth pursuing. Quoting extensively from the radio dialogs, Chartock looks at the complexitiesand consistenciesin Cuomo's personality and political philosophies. Cuomo should be pleased with this very flattering book, for Chartock portrays the governor as a highly intelligent, insightful, and astute politician; a sensitive, devoted father and husband; and a concerned leader who feels a strong sense of civic responsibility. The governor is also strongly self-critical and always ready to laugh at himself. Cuomo, in his own highly readable and often entertaining book, shows he has been doing a lot more than munching corn chips since he left the governor's mansion. In an impassioned and articulate response to the Republicans' Contract with America, he labels the climate surrounding this Congress the "New Harshness." He characterizes Congressional Republicans as "Running Hard Backwards." And not just 60 years backward to the pre-New Deal days but to the era before the Constitution was framed. Cuomo chides GOP leaders for proposing a system that has been tried and failedone that champions individualism and state sovereignty. He eloquently explains how the progressive government movements that began in this century and evolved through the New Deal and postwar economic boom succeeded because people worked together to solve problems. While he admits to excesses and failures in the system, he decries the GOP reaction as throwing the baby out with the bath water and advocates compromise and coordinated approaches to solving our problems. Libraries in New York State will want Chartock's volume, while Cuomo's book is recommended for political collections across the country.Jill Ortner, SILS, SUNY at Buffalo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684825335
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 10/2/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,009,635
  • Product dimensions: 0.47 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    greatness is seen here!

    I just love Cuomo - as a Catholic and Democrat, he's the best of both worlds. In this book he shows why he should have been President!

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