For New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), the consequence of an extremely muted memoir release is that the only people reviewing his book on Amazon are the kinds of readers who see it as a paperweight or hamster-cage liner.
And those are the five-star reviews.
Cuomo's new 500-page political autobiography, All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life, was released last week. It currently has a 1.2 out of 5-star rating on Amazon, from 583 reviews.
For comparison, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's memoir, Hard Choices, has a 2.7-star average on Amazon, while former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's No Apology is viewed more favorably, with a 4-star average.
The infamously press-shy governor told The New York Observer on Monday that the negative feedback didn't bother him, explaining that "interruptions" -- like running for re-election -- had prevented him from conducting a conventional tour to promote the book.
Cuomo, who has avoided questions about whether he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, is expected to beat his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, on Nov. 4.
See a selection of the book reviews below:
I was able to shred the pages and line the bottom of our hamster cage with it. If you haven't purchased this book yet save your money and buy a newspaper to shred as it's cheaper and serves the same purpose.
This book is only suitable for range fodder. No one should be interested in reading the memoirs of New York's petty tyrant leader. His real legacy is one of corruption, lies, and disregard for the civil rights of the people he was elected to serve. This book, like his governorship, will tank...
At least get a decent ghost writer. You'd think he'd be able to afford one, with all the money he's earned from corruption.
This work is a narcissistic apologetic review of failed policies and practices that might have helped him rise to Governor, but as Governor, lead the state as it slides to the bottom of the barrel. The book doesn’t go into detail about why the Governor refuses to investigate Speaker Sheldon Silver’s use of public money to pay off a sexual harassment claim. Frankly, the book doesn’t go into any of the scandals currently smoldering in New York State, it merely is a historical hand job, ghost written and with possibly the worst cover photo in recent memory.