Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Ravitch's recommended solutions to the fiscal problems of America's cities—government transparency and public education—are 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.”
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 Do—an 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 story—the 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