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“A swift and devastating read. Barkan writes fluently, marshals facts persuasively, and foregrounds the power-obsessed Cuomo’s contempt for the powerless.” — THE PRINCE reviewed in the Nation

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Barkan is especially eloquent on the subject of what Cuomo’s need to assert dominance has cost New Yorkers… Barkan compares Cuomo often and convincingly to Robert Moses, the power-hungry urban planner, noting Cuomo’s own autocratic tendencies and desire for control, particularly over his portrayal in the press. He also compares Cuomo to his supposed nemesis, Donald Trump. Like Trump, Cuomo at first dismissively likened the coronavirus to the flu, cautioned against US dependence on China, and sought to shield nursing homes from liability for failing to protect residents and staff. Like Trump, he faces multiple credible sexual harassment allegations and has been accused of exploiting public resources for personal profit… A damning portrait.

Read the full review here.

THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Breaking Points

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

“Grading Cuomo’s Pandemic Performance” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on the Brian Lehrer Show

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Breaking Points

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Leonard Lopate at Large

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New York · Ross Barkan on The Prince: Andrew Cuomo, Coronavirus, and the Fall of New York

“In this excoriating takedown, [Barkan] argues that praising New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic is akin to commending Nero for fiddling while Rome burned… Enriched by the author’s deep knowledge of New York politics and sharp parsing of facts… this exposé delivers a knockout punch.” — THE PRINCE reviewed in Publishers Weekly

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Barkan critiques the media for boosting Cuomo’s image, but reserves his harshest judgments for the governor himself, an ‘arrogant, vengeful, and megalomaniacal’ leader who fostered a political culture that ‘favored dominance over competence.’ The controversy over Cuomo’s March 2020 directive ordering nursing homes to accept Covid-19 patients is examined, as are the revelations that his administration ‘severely undercounted’ nursing home deaths and pushed to grant legal immunity to hospitals and nursing homes. But the most eye-opening sections delve into the ways in which Cuomo’s budget cuts and reluctance to raise taxes weakened New York’s ability to contain the pandemic. The recent sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo, which occurred in the ‘media vacuum’ left by the end of the Trump presidency, might be what finally brings him down, according to Barkan.

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THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Democracy Now!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on FiveThirtyEight

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Useful Idiots

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

UPCOMING EVENT: “Live from Kings County” — THE PRINCE official book launch with author Ross Barkan, Assemblymember Zohran K. Mamdani, and special guest Andrew M. Cuomo on 06/24/21

Friday, June 11th, 2021

Thu, June 24, 2021
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

222 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Celebrate—live, in person—the launch of The Prince with author Ross Barkan, New York State Assemblymember Zohran K. Mamdani, and a special guest appearance from Emmy Award-Winner Andrew M. Cuomo himself.

This event will be held outdoors, per the Governor’s guidelines and “best practices.” The evening’s programming will begin promptly at 7PM, per the Governor’s temperament.

Capacity is limited. RSVP now.

Rain date: Wednesday, June 30, 7-9PM

RSVP here.

“The truth about Andrew Cuomo” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Behind the News

Friday, June 11th, 2021

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THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on the Katie Halper Show

Friday, June 11th, 2021

“Only Letitia James running against Gov. Cuomo in 2022 could unseat him” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan writes for the New York Post

Monday, June 7th, 2021
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So far, Cuomo has survived because the cautious labor unions are still in his corner, as well as the state’s wealthiest donors. If the titans of finance and Wall Street decide they are sick of Cuomo, he is in deep trouble. James must merely improve on Nixon’s New York City vote share, since there are many anti-Cuomo Democrats to be found north of the five boroughs, particularly in the Albany area.

The path to beating Cuomo is joining black and Latino voters, many of them more moderate and church-going, with white progressives who also vote reliably. Teachout and Nixon could not create this coalition. James, with her pedigree, can. No longer perceived as Cuomo’s lackey, she has won headlines for suing Donald Trump and investigating Cuomo himself.

This won’t be easy, of course. Cuomo is a prodigious fundraiser and there are enough blinkered MSNBC-watching liberals who will stick by him. But James has a chance to do what was once unthinkable — end the reign of another Cuomo.

Ross Barkan is the author of “The Prince: Andrew Cuomo, Coronavirus, and the Fall of New York” (OR Books).

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“As Soon as COVID-19 Hit, Cuomo Downplayed the Danger” — THE PRINCE excerpt published in the Daily Beast

Monday, June 7th, 2021

“The New York governor’s initial ‘nothing to see here’ response to the coronavirus was a step behind reality from the very start and sounded a lot like Trump.”

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“[CNN anchor] Chris Cuomo has enabled Andrew Cuomo’s lies and catastrophic missteps for more than a year, helping to mythologize a governor who presided over more than 50,000 COVID-19 deaths.'” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan writes for the Daily Beast

Friday, May 28th, 2021

The news that Chris Cuomo has been advising his brother, the governor of New York, on how to counter a barrage of sexual harassment allegations against him is the sort of brazenness that would get the CNN anchor fired if CNN was serious about being a news network and not just another entertainment channel.

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“Andrew Cuomo and the Incredible Shrinking Congressional Delegation” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan writes for the Village Voice

Friday, May 28th, 2021

“The news, when it arrived, was too stunning to quite believe: New York State had fallen 89 people short, in the U.S. Census count, of keeping all of its congressional seats.

Recriminations, both online and in person, immediately spread across the state: laments about how one apartment building, a schoolyard, or a trendy bar on a good night would pack in at least that many people. Rage built against those who fled the city throughout the pandemic, beginning in March 2020 — the Hamptons and Hudson Valley dwellers who inevitably, while sipping white wine on their patios, didn’t bother to fill out their census forms.

Within the world of politics, where blame flies easily but courage can be in short supply, many began to say out loud what they had uttered, in quiet, for months — that scandal-scarred Andrew Cuomo should be blamed.”

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“A damning political polemic of a controversial administration mired in failed leadership.” — THE PRINCE reviewed in Kirkus Reviews

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

“In this corrective to Cuomo’s cherry-picked account of his (mis)management, American Crisis, veteran journalist [Ross] Barkan, who has covered Cuomo as a journalist at City Hall for eight years, urgently chronicles the governor’s crushing fall from grace amid the relentlessly grim backdrop of the virus. In lucid, declarative prose, the author cites numerous incidents that have contributed to the deterioration of Cuomo’s administration… Barkan dissects the Covid fiasco in a clear timeline showing the spread of the virus across America on the heels of the Trump impeachment proceedings… Based on original reporting and expansive interviews, this slim, scathing book convincingly debunks Cuomo’s ‘false narrative of triumph’ and, in exacting detail, reveals the corrupt side of present-day New York government.”

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“Cuomosexual Conversion Therapy” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Pod Damn America

Friday, May 7th, 2021

Pod Damn America · Cuomosexual Conversion Therapy w/ Ross Barkan

“How Cuomo’s bevy of scandals is affecting legislation” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Bad Faith

Friday, May 7th, 2021

“Scandal-plagued Cuomo and Organized Labor’s Bizarre Silence” — THE PRINCE featured in Strikewave

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

“Unions that have grown close to Cuomo over the years would do well to remember who he really is. As Ross Barkan writes in his new book The Prince: ‘Cuomo’s first campaign for governor reflected his fundamental political beliefs. Unlike his father, he had no interest in speaking the language of the left. He campaigned, and would subsequently govern, as a triangulating Democrat, vowing to slash taxes, shrink government, and empower the state’s finance and real estate lobbies against organized labor.'”

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“A scathing assessment of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic.” — THE PRINCE reviewed by historian Chris McNickle on Medium

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Barkan is nearly as tough on his fellow journalists, whom he views as deeply complicit in levitating Cuomo to undeserved hero status…

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“Andrew Cuomo Is Clinging to Power and Rewarding His Billionaire Loyalists” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan writes for Jacobin

Friday, April 9th, 2021

“Real estate titans and landlords might just be New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s last base of support. The embattled governor is rewarding them handsomely for their loyalty.”

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“The Coronavirus is Ravaging New York Again After Cuomo’s Victory Lap” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan writes for the Daily Beast

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

“The governor’s premature victory lap seems that much worse as he races to reopen things to fend off other scandals in the state with America’s second highest death toll.”

Rad the article here.

“Andrew Cuomo, the Creepy Tyrant of Albany” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on the New Republic‘s the Politics of Everything

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

“Andrew Cuomo’s Fall From Grace” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Rising Up

Friday, March 19th, 2021

“How One Cozy Relationship Influenced Cuomo’s Covid Response” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan writes for the Nation

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

“The story begins before the coronavirus hit New York state.”

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“There’s a brawl shaping up between two books about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo” — THE PRINCE featured in the Washington Post‘s Book Club

Friday, March 12th, 2021


There’s a brawl shaping up between two books about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The New York Times says sales of the governor’s memoir, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” have evaporated. In October, Crown reportedly printed about 450,000 copies of “American Crisis,” but by the end of February it had sold only about 46,000. With the governor battered by accusations of sexual harassment and claims that he suppressed data on nursing home deaths related to covid-19, few readers seem eager to hear Cuomo brag about his administrative prowess. Crown has “paused” marketing for “American Crisis” and has no plans for a paperback edition.

The indie publisher OR Books smells blood in the water. It’s rushing to release an exposé called “The Prince: Andrew Cuomo, Coronavirus, and the Fall of New York,” by journalist Ross Barkan. The marketing campaign places Cuomo’s memoir right beside Barkan’s book: “Not Available in Paperback” vs. “Soon Available in Paperback.”

OR publisher Colin Robinson tells me, “No response from Cuomo yet, but we will certainly be sending a copy to him.” This is just the kind of situation Robinson’s nimble firm is designed to exploit. OR promotes its books heavily online, sells directly to readers and prints on demand. The publisher has already taken “lots of pre-orders” and plans to get copies out the door in a few weeks. “It’s not just that we’re quick,” Robinson says. “We can also take chances that larger, more staid houses would shy away from, especially when it comes to aiming fire at powerful figures like Andrew Cuomo.”

The Machiavellian cover of “The Prince” gives a good indication of Robinson’s wry sensibilities. He notes with a certain glee that OR’s first book back in 2009 was a reply to Sarah Palin’s memoir “Going Rogue” called “Going Rouge.” The cover caused such confusion that Fox accidentally showed OR’s parody instead of Palin’s memoir during a story about the former Alaskan governor. “Bliss,” Robinson sighs.

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“Ross Barkan Talks Cuomo Scandals, COVID-19, and How the Governor Blocked Progressive Measures” — THE PRINCE author interviewed on NewsBeat

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

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“Cuomo’s Scandals” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed for Jacobin

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

“Andrew Cuomo was never a hero. Karma is coming for him, with a vengeance.” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan writes for the Guardian

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

“The media puffed up Cuomo as a pandemic savior and anti-Trump. Now he’s accused of sexual harassment and concealing nursing home deaths.”

Read the article here.