Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Ravitch's recommended solutions to the fiscal problems of America's citiesgovernment transparency and public educationare elusive. But the rest of the country would doubtless benefit from having more scrupulous civic leaders like Mr. Ravitch."
New York Times
So Much to Do gracefully synthesizes a serendipitous memoir illustrating the education of a public man; an enlightening, prescriptive citizen’s manual into making government work; and a passionate ode to democracy’ (as Mr. Ravitch’s friend Paul A. Volcker calls it in his blurb on the back cover) into a remarkably accessible book.”
New York Post
He could have called it Love Story,” and the title would have been faithful to its theme. The book by Dick Ravitch, So Much to Do,” is the story of his love affair with public service
a delightful and insightful journey through a life of business, politics and emergencies
Fortunately, the book arrives as a new generation of leaders exhibits a shaky understanding of what fiscal prudence means, and the dangers of ignoring it. The book ought to be required reading by the new team at City Hall before it is too late.”
Richard Ravitch is an extraordinary man. He’s an intelligent, indefatigable, honest, honorable, accessible, and personable fellow who, for 45 years, has played a key role in rescuing New York’s jerrybuilt fiscal structure from its own failings. Yes, that’s my personal opinion of the man who has just written this autobiography, aptly titled So Much to Do; but it’s an opinion broadly shared by New Yorkers caught up in the political life of the city and state over nearly half of a century.”
Detriot Free Press
For hints and striking parallels to the current drama in Detroit
So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics, and Confronting Fiscal Crises is chock-full of insider tales of the wrangling among politicians, powerful Wall Street financiers and labor unions in New York.”
"We need more public servants like Richard Ravitch
as Ravitch’s career shows, even seemingly dire problems can be solved through grit, intelligence, and good faith.”
The Bond Buyer
In So Much to Do, his narrative includes the thrill of experiencing first-hand the "I've Got a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King speech in August 1963 and the chill of New York's banking leaders telling him point-blank in May 1975 that they would no longer underwrite the city's bonds and notes
The book also shines a light on major New York players, political and otherwise, Ravitch worked with over 35 years, including Mayor Ed Koch, governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo, and even Yankees owner George Steinbrenner
Ravitch to this day relishes life as an independent thinker.”
So Much to Doan apt description of Dick Ravitch’s life. It’s been a New York life, filled with personal, business, and most of all energetic response to civic challenges. But the book is much more than that. It’s a call for action to a nation consumed by discord, doubting its capacity to act, failing to provide trusted leadership at home or abroad.
The Ravitch saga tells a different storythe ability of our political leaders to reconcile their differences in the face of crises, to act together with imagination, to accept financial discipline, and to build for a flourishing future. So Much to Do is truly an ode to democracy in action, with a spirited affirmation of the personal satisfaction that can be found in public service.”
About the Author
Richard Ravitch has been chairman of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, chairman of HRH Construction Corporation, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, chairman of the Bowery Savings Bank, lieutenant governor of the State of New York, and co-chair, with Paul Volcker, of the task force on the state budget crisis. He lives in New York City.