New York governor Andrew Cuomo writing book on the pandemic, politics and Trump

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Crown announced on Tuesday that American Crisis will be released on 13 October, three weeks before election day, when Trump will face Joe Biden.

The news comes the day after Cuomo addressed the Democratic national convention and called the virus’ spread a metaphor for a country weakened by division.

New York state has one of the lowest infection rates in the US, a welcome contrast to the spring, when i... had one of the highest.

New York “In his own voice, Andrew Cuomo chronicles in American Crisis the ingenuity and sacrifice required of so many to fight the pandemic,” according to Crown, “sharing his personal reflections and the decision-making that shaped his policy, and offers his frank accounting and assessment of his interactions with the federal government and the White House, as well as other state and local political and health officials.”

Cuomo had said last month that he was thinking of a book, commenting during a radio interview on WAMC that he wanted to document the “entire experience, because if we don’t learn from this then it will really compound the whole crisis that we’ve gone through”.

In an excerpt from American Crisis shared with the Associated Press, Cuomo emphasized the importance of confronting fear.

“The questions are what do you do with the fear and would you succumb to it,” he wrote. “I would not allow the fear to control me. The fear kept my adrenaline high and that was a positive. But I would not let the fear be a negative, and I would not spread it. Fear is a virus also.”

Financial terms for American Crisis were not disclosed. Cuomo was represented by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, whose other clients include Barack Obama and George W Bush. Cuomo is also the author of All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life, which came out in 2014.

Currently serving his third term, Cuomo has been praised for his blunt, straightforward press conferences, and for a time was even mentioned as a possible presidential candidate.

His style has differed notably from the more erratic approach of Donald Trump. Cuomo has said Trump is “in denial” about the severity of the pandemic and has faulted him for ignoring advice from scientists. Trump has blamed Cuomo’s “poor management” for New York’s tens of thousands of Covid-19 fatalities.

Across the US, more than 5.4 million people have tested positive for the virus and more than 170,000 have died.

more than 170,000 have died Cuomo has received some of his strongest criticism for the thousands of virus-related deaths at New York nursing homes.

A recent AP investigation found that the state’s death toll of nursing home patients, already among the highest in the nation, could be significantly more than reported.

Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, only New York explicitly says it counts just residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there.

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