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The Life of GovErnor Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo is the most tantalizing politician of his generation – a boldly successful governor of New York with thinly veiled aspirations to win the presidency. As a leader, he’s proven he can work with lawmakers of both parties – and quash any who stand in his way. Fierce, machinating, and not a little scary, he’s used his power to make harsh cuts and balance the budget, pleasing conservatives, yet also rammed through bills of national consequence for marriage equality and tighter gun control, thrilling progressives. Against his greatest challenge – widespread corruption in America’s most dysfunctional state capital – he’s struggled, and made more than one misstep. But with his second term just begun, he may yet prevail – and set himself on course for the Oval Office at last.

“The Contender,” by Vanity Fair writer Michael Shnayerson, is the first biography of the ambitious governor. Candid and unauthorized, based on more than 300 interviews, “The Contender” is a sympathetic but unsparing look at Andrew Cuomo the politician and the man. 

Michael Shnayerson, The Author

Michael Shnayerson is a long-time Vanity Fair contributing editor, and the New-York-based author or co-author of seven books.

“The Contender,” his unauthorized biography of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was published March 31, 2015, by “12,” an imprint of Hachette Little Brown.

Last year, Shnayerson married Gayfryd Steinberg, a trustee of the New York Public Library. Shnayerson’s daughter, Jenna, is a sophomore at Syracuse University.