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Governor Andrew Cuomo tells the riveting story of how he took charge in the fight against COVID-19 as New York became the epicenter of the pandemic, offering hard-won lessons in leadership and his vision for the path forward.

"An impressive road map to dealing with a crisis as serious as any we have faced." (The Washington Post)

When COVID-19 besieged the United States, New York State emerged as the global "ground zero" for a deadly contagion that threatened the lives and livelihoods of millions. Quickly, Governor Andrew Cuomo provided the leadership to address the threat, becoming the standard-bearer of the organized response the country desperately needed. With infection rates spiking and more people dying every day, the systems and functions necessary to combat the pandemic in New York - and America - did not exist. So Cuomo undertook the impossible. He unified people to rise to the challenge and was relentless in his pursuit of scientific facts and data. He quelled fear while implementing an extraordinary plan for flattening the curve of infection. He and his team worked day and night to protect the people of New York, despite roadblocks presented by a president incapable of leadership and addicted to transactional politics.

Taking listeners beyond the candid daily briefings that became must-see TV across the globe, and providing a dramatic, day-by-day account of the catastrophe as it unfolded, American Crisis presents the intimate and inspiring thoughts of a leader at an unprecedented historical moment. In his own voice, Andrew Cuomo chronicles the ingenuity and sacrifice required of so many to fight the pandemic, sharing the decision-making that shaped his policy as well as his frank accounting and assessment of his interactions with the federal government, the White House, and other state and local political and health officials. Real leadership, he shows, requires clear communication, compassion for others, and a commitment to truth-telling - no matter how frightening the facts may be.

Including a game plan for what we as individuals - and as a nation - need to do to protect ourselves against this disaster and those to come, American Crisis is a remarkable portrait of selfless leadership and a gritty story of difficult choices that points the way to a safer future for all of us.

This audiobook includes a PDF that contains A Blueprint for Going Forward.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Andrew Cuomo (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Lessons Learned from An Unprecedented Pandemic

BONUS: Narrated by the Guvnor himself! I’ve devoured Guvnor Cuomo’s daily briefings during the early days and months of the pandemic. It was a no brainer choice between Dr. Fauci-Turned-Trump-Campaign and Guvnor Cuomo’s dailies. Don’t get me wrong; I admire Dr. Fauci but soon his briefings were ambushed by the Orange Stain and made them unwatchable. I live in California and an ex-Republican. Why I’m unloading this is because I believe I’m not alone when I say Guvnor Cuomo provided guidance to Americans not just New Yorkers when things were bleak. He has the capacity and showed real leadership that no one from the federal government is capable of. He’s not perfect and he’s had misgivings throughout the pandemic but he is humble enough to acknowledge and make changes based on them. He provided morale to those who need it. Guv - I appreciate you and congratulations on your new book. Keep up the great work and stay cool (I mean hott).

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Bad narrator (it’s him)

Audible censored me.... look highest Covid death rate in the world was New York, messages of working together.... then ripping the side he doesn’t like..... I used to be a fan of his... no more

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A great opportunity wasted

Sadly the governor wasted the opportunity to recount his experience, by instead whining about Trump.

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Incredibly GREAT!!!

I am a Canadian and the leadership shown by Cuomo is brilliant, even by Canadian standards!!! This book is partisan for sure, but honestly, how can one not be when faced by people as cruel as some of the leadership in Washington? Cuomo is always fair, and never mocks, always keeping to the goal of reducing the impact of SARS-CoV-2. Always human in the face of the incredible inhumanity of the Republican Party in the Senate and in the Presidency. Oh, let the reckoning come... It is incredible to hear the story from the Governor directly. He is an excellent communicator and speaker. Hearing him tell his story is so wonderful!! This story is one bright spot, to hear a leader explain how to behave during the pandemic, that gives hope not just to New Yorkers, Americans, but to the whole world!! Wow, I am so impressed! America generates some of the finest leaders and it has done it again!! I hope Trump reads this book during his leisure time after November 3rd when he can reflect how his lack of action led to the peacetime deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Cuomo provides much that will be useful for Trump to think about. George Young Montreal, Canada

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Interesting background

For those who have watched the Governor’s daily briefings parts of this would sound very familiar as well as provide a background of significant days. Whether you agree with him or not ( he didn’t do everything right), this is illuminating and interesting. It also sheds a light on how those leaders are human at the end of the day. Anecdotes about his dog and daughters were funny, behind the scenes talk with the feds frustrating and the pain of the toughest days is palpable. It underscores the importance of a functioning government at a time when it is sorely needed.

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Excellent!

This is such an amazing book and told so well by Andrew himself. I would and will recommend to anyone!

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  • 10-19-20

Remarkable details of NY's fight to survive

Really remarkable details of what all went in behind NY's fight against Coronavirus. Heart touching and eye opening. Clear demonstration of leadership, positivity, organization and planning. True example of how well all of us can come together when needed the most.

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A strong voice of common sense

Intelligent and addictive one of the great voices of common sense in this crazy time.

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bravo!!

I truly enjoyed listening! True, honest, and powerful words!! Way to go Gov!! God bless you!

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Excellent!

This is a must read! This is a masterpiece and should be required reading in our schools and colleges nationwide. Thank you Governor for telling us the truth and thank you for leading us, unifying us and healing is whole.

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  • 10-28-20

Really enjoyed

I liked the honesty and the facts. I had followed many of the briefings. Narration was first class . Now wish all books were narrated by Gov Cuomo

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  • Mr. R. Henry
  • 10-24-20

A great man of our time

I followed from the Uk your daily briefings and they brought a spirit of comfort to me.Although it was not our direct struggle I was with New York every step of the way. . I shared your grief and at times despair and rejoiced in your triumphs. It felt like being comforted by my Dad in a time of turmoil. Thank you for being the man of our time. The US could do with you as President right now. God Bless.

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  • Tracey Holt
  • 11-01-20

Andrew narrated this!

For me, Andrew's narration made this more realistic and I could match his words to his voice.