There were no lines snaking down the sidewalk, and no scramble to claim a copy of the 517-page tome. The most enthusiastic attendees seemed to be the protesters outside, who urged a ban on hydraulic fracturing.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made his public debut as a published memoirist on Wednesday night, signing copies of his book at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square.Befitting his political stature, the event was heavily guarded and stage-managed, but it attracted only a modest crowd of would-be readers.Hillary Rodham Clinton, he was not....On Wednesday night, the book was ranked No. 2,076 on Amazon.com’s best-seller list. People unhappy with Mr. Cuomo flooded the reviews on the site; of the 162 reviews by Wednesday night, 158 gave it one out of five stars.
Stage-managing the appearance, keeping the press controlled and out-of-earshot, few enthusiastic supporters, mostly enthusiastic critics.
That crystallizes Cuomo's tenure as governor perfectly.