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So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics, and Confronting Fiscal Crises Hardcover – April 29, 2014
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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.”
New York Times, DealBook, column by Andrew Ross Sorkin
This last book has flown under the radar but deserves to be highlighted as simply a delightful memoir It is a small book, but it is filled with great stories and lessons about state government, New York City and the influence of money in politics and life.”
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.”
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Top Customer Reviews
The real surprise was HOW readable it was. I thought I would have to slog through to get his points. Quite the opposite. There were times I couldn't put it down. A really good read for seeing how solutions can be found when they seem impossible.
The opening fove or six chapters are a delightful memoir of his life. It's a great read, perhaps a little sugar-coated, but wonderful.
national, state and municipal financial and policy issues. There is a lot to be learned about how our country gets into and
out of problems, often created by well-intended policies that back-fire, at times created by 'politics', and (more often than we
recognize) caused by incumbents with tendencies to 'kick the can down the road', looking good in the process but leaving a
real mess for the 'inheritors'. Mr Ravitch is particularly astute in alerting the reader to the facts that many states
and local governments are facing huge financial obligations, (bonds, pensions, borrowings) beyond their current capacity to
honor. I found this revealing, riveting and very scary.
But in my opinion, the best reason to read this well-written chronicle is that the author goes beyond listing the problems to inform
us of solutions to remedy. How refreshing is that!
I was disappointed because I was looking for a detailed discussion of possible solutions for the state and local fiscal problems he only describes in the last chapter.
"subplots" of these stories, but it is a lively telling of how US states and cities are perpetually in financial trouble.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ravitch gives intergovernmental relations the attention it deserves. And does it in an engaging way that anyone can understand. Bravo! Read morePublished 12 months ago by V. Mcdowell
Very well written and a necessary book. Lets hope that people who have the power to do something
about the serious problems so well articulated in this book take action.
This book is not too interesting. He overemphasizes his role in the events discussed. Many other people were involved and they do not get a mention.Published on June 19, 2014 by BtBB
Very well written, gives great insights into the many fiscal crises facing New York City and State, and the personalities at the top as well as many actors at all levels.Published on June 6, 2014 by Daniel Brand