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The Resource American Cicero : Mario Cuomo and the defense of American Liberalism, Saladin Ambar

American Cicero : Mario Cuomo and the defense of American Liberalism, Saladin Ambar

Label
American Cicero : Mario Cuomo and the defense of American Liberalism
Title
American Cicero
Title remainder
Mario Cuomo and the defense of American Liberalism
Statement of responsibility
Saladin Ambar
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Mario Cuomo is in many respects one of the most significant liberal politicians in the postwar era: a three-term governor of one the nation's largest states and an eloquent defender of the Democratic Party's progressive legacy during a period of conservative ascendancy. Yet in other respects he never lived up to his supporters' hopes. His gubernatorial record was spotty, and when he had the chance to seek the presidency, he equivocated, Hamlet-like, before deciding against it and crushing the hopes of the party's progressive wing. His mixed record has made it very difficult for scholars and biographers to clarify his legacy. Was he a symbol of liberalism's long decline in twentieth-century American politics, or was he a prophet in the wilderness, heralding the rise of a new progressivism? Saladin Ambar's 'American Cicero' weaves elements of biography, political history, and political theory into a novel interpretation of Cuomo's life and legacy. Tracing his life from the streets of an immigrant neighborhood in Queens to his final years in Albany, Ambar argues that Cuomo kept the spent embers of liberalism alive in an era when it seemed that conservatism was approaching full-spectrum dominance-even within the Democratic Party itself. In a series of important speeches over the course of the 1980s, Cuomo drew upon his singular oratorical powers to offer a progressive vision that revived and expanded upon the policymaking legacy of the New Deal and Great Society. At a time when pessimism about presidential electoral prospects reigned in the Democratic Party, his voice-buttressed by a string of electoral victories in New York-provided succor to the liberal faithful. Unsurprisingly, party professionals saw him as the next great Democratic presidential candidate. Yet when he had the chance to run-in 1988 and 1992-he decided not to. His political career ended in 1994, when he was voted out of office in New York in a nationwide Republican wave
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ambar, Saladin M
Dewey number
  • 974.7/043092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
F125.3.C86
LC item number
A83 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cuomo, Mario M
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
  • Governors
  • Liberals
  • New York (State)
Label
American Cicero : Mario Cuomo and the defense of American Liberalism, Saladin Ambar
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223124763807
  • 31223129501962
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Tarmac -- Part I. Politics: Queens -- Part II. Poetry: San Francisco and South Bend -- Part III. Prose: Albany -- Part IV. Party: Washington -- Epilogue: Tramonti
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 202 pages
Isbn
9780190658946
Lccn
2017015740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)980858576
Label
American Cicero : Mario Cuomo and the defense of American Liberalism, Saladin Ambar
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223124763807
  • 31223129501962
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Tarmac -- Part I. Politics: Queens -- Part II. Poetry: San Francisco and South Bend -- Part III. Prose: Albany -- Part IV. Party: Washington -- Epilogue: Tramonti
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 202 pages
Isbn
9780190658946
Lccn
2017015740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)980858576

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