Mario Cuomo called him “Brother Bill.” Therefore, who better than William O’Shaughnessy to publish MARIO CUOMO, Remembrances of a Remarkable Man. The book captures their personal relationship and the unique openness between them. The author shares countless previously unpublished interviews with Mario Cuomo both before and after his governorship. The author peels back the pages of many of Cuomo’s most remarkable speeches, delivered by the person who is deemed the best political orator of his day. O’Shaughnessy bares personal witness to Mario Cuomo’s interactions with the famous and less famous.
O’Shaughnessy has always possessed an impeccable sense of timing. After all he is a radio guy, a medium that lives in the present. We are currently in the moment of a political campaign for the leadership of the free world where neither candidate is trusted by a majority of the American people. The word “orator” will find no place in the newspeak of today. To the contrary, O’Shaughnessy’s Mario Cuomo reads as a tribute to trustworthiness, statesmanship, vision, empathy, oratory, gravitas and grace. Cuomo’s words leap from the tome’s pages with themes of a “higher calling.” The book begs the question; What happened to our national discourse?
Mario Cuomo is filled with anecdotal insight into the governor, his friends, his day-to-day, his family and his lifestyle evolving into a tableau describing why he was admired by millions and loved by those closest to him. Will we see the likes of Mario Cuomo again? O’Shaughnessy is hopeful.
William O’Shaughnessy is president and editorial director of Whitney Media. He has written four other books: Vox Populi, More Riffs, Rants, and Raves, It All Comes Back to Me Now and Airwaves.