New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's coronavirus book panned as 'deranged victory lap' written in 'the prose of a sociopath'

NEW York Governor Andrew Cuomo's book on his handling of the coronavirus has been panned by as a "deranged victory lap" written in "the prose of a sociopath."

The Washington Examiner review was titled: "Andrew Cuomo might be a sociopath."

The Governor's book, "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic," was released on Tuesday.

Journalist Tiana Lowe dubbed the book as a way for Cuomo to "crank out some drivel for personal profit while dealing with no real end in sight for the coronavirus."

Lowe also called the book a "deranged victory lap of a memoir" that includes the "tact and prose of a sociopath."

The Democrat's book delivers a retelling of his efforts to contain the virus as it ravaged his state in spring.

In it, Cuomo describes trying to placate President Donald Trump in order to get needed hospital beds, ventilators and other supplies for New York.

He detailed the state’s success at rapidly ramping up testing capacity and his worry that New Yorkers wouldn’t heed calls to stay at home to help avoid a catastrophic surge in hospitalizations.

Cuomo also addresses a frequent criticism of his leadership style: that he is overly controlling.

"You show me a person who is not controlling, and I’ll show you a person who is probably not highly successful," he wrote.

As for his mistakes, Cuomo concedes only a few. Among them, he said, he waited too long to mandate that New Yorkers wear masks.

In an April 15 journal entry, Cuomo wrote: "By now I was convinced that masks were more effective than the experts initially said," which Lowe slammed as "unacceptable."

She quipped: "Hell, I haven't taken a biology class in nearly a decade, and I staked my reputation on the claim that yes, you should wear a mask, on March 27, almost three weeks before Cuomo conceded maybe blocking your spit and coughs would prevent new COVID cases."

Other problems with New York’s virus response get less ink, including the state’s struggles to help nursing homes acquire enough protective gear or staff. Cuomo said Republicans have unfairly politicized the thousands of patient deaths at New York nursing homes.

Discussing the nursing homes, Cuomo said that Republicans "decided to attack Democratic governors and blame them for nursing homes" before slating that the party "needed to add a conspiracy."

Cuomo confirmed: "It was a lie. New York State never demanded or directed that any nursing home accept a COVID-positive patient."

However, Lowe fumed "the only liar here is Cuomo," before attaching a copy of what she calls "Cuomo's murderous nursing home order."

Much of the material in the book would be familiar to anyone who closely followed his daily press briefings at the height of the outbreak, which Cuomo praised as a model of transparency.

Cuomo hasn’t disclosed how much he was paid to write the book, which was published by Crown. He has said he intends to donate some proceeds to charity.

The book’s release comes amid a pandemic that is still sickening New Yorkers by the thousands.

Citing a spike in new infections, Cuomo last week reinstated restrictions on businesses, schools and religious gatherings in certain virus hot spots. More than 900 virus patients were in the hospital statewide on Monday, the highest total since June.

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