Governor Andrew Cuomo, scion of Mario Cuomo, is today as famous as his father, also a governor of New York state for three terms. Like Robert Moses, he is one of New York’s great and infamous power brokers. Though initially lavishly celebrated for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, not least by himself, it is now apparent that Cuomo’s management of the crisis was a juddering and fatal failure. Thousands died because, ignoring the advice of experts, he shut down too late and returned still sick patients to nursing homes. The crisis was intensified by his previous commitment to austerity, which saw the slashing of funding to hospitals.
A vital riposte to Cuomo’s recently published book about the pandemic, now increasingly derided as self-serving and deceitful, The Prince is a searing indictment of Cuomo’s handling of coronavirus and his time overall in the highest office of the state.
"“One of the sharpest state policy minds I know."" —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
"A damning political polemic of a controversial administration mired in failed leadership." — reviewed in Kirkus Reviews
“A writer with real literary flair. Like I.F. Stone, Barkan works independently with a left point of view, but it's his shoe leather, his working the phones and hitting the street, that's invaluable because, sadly, it's so scarce.” —Christian Lorentzen
“There’s a brawl shaping up between two books about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo” — featured in the Washington Post‘s Book Club
“Ross Barkan Talks Cuomo Scandals, COVID-19, and How the Governor Blocked Progressive Measures” — author interviewed on NewsBeat
“Ross Barkan on the Zero Sum Game That Democrats Don’t Know They’re Playing” — author interviewed on Trickle-Down Socialism
“Andrew Cuomo’s narrative whiplash” — author featured in the Columbia Journalism Review