On Thursday, August 19, at 7:30 p.m., former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams will discuss his best-selling memoir, “The Luckiest Guy in the World: My Journey in Politics” at The Hampton Synagogue Author Discussion Series.
At the heart of this political memoir is the story of how the office of state attorney general, historically, a sleepy backwater post, has evolved into a front line major protector of the rights of citizens across the country. New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams exercised leadership in organizing attorneys general throughout the nation to take collective action against the Reagan administration’s punishing laissez-faire anti-regulatory policies. Abrams and his fellow attorneys general set the precedent for the successful challenges mounted by today’s attorneys general against the Trump administration’s immigration policies and rollback of consumer and civil rights protections.
Through lively anecdotes, Abrams captures the Bronx of his childhood, his early insurgent grassroots campaigns taking on the powerful Democratic Party machine, the urban challenges of being Bronx Borough President, the turbulent Vietnam anti-war years, and the beginnings of the environmental justice movement.
Abrams provides behind-the-scenes interactions with important figures ranging from Golda Meir, George McGovern, Mario Cuomo, Robert Moses, and Cesar Chavez to Shirley Chisholm. The book demonstrates how ordinary people battling unequal odds against corporate and other powerful forces can prevail when laws are enforced to protect their rights.
In “The Luckiest Guy in the World,” Robert Abrams wears his progressive values on his sleeve, providing an optimistic view about our nation’s return to its fundamental values.
The program, chaired by Glenn Dorskind and moderated by Rabbi Avraham Bronstein, takes place in the Berman Sanctuary of The Hampton Synagogue, 154 Sunset Avenue, Westhampton Beach, and will conclude with a dessert reception and book signing. Books will be available for purchase. Admission is free but registration is required at 631-288-0534 ext. 10.