If you’re looking for some summer reading that blends biography and politics and is related to Detroit’s bankruptcy, Richard Ravitch’s new book could fit that bill. Ravitch, 80, is a former New York lieutenant governor who has worked in public sector management and was part of the effort to solve New York City’s fiscal crisis. Ravitch will be spending some time this summer in Detroit as Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes named him as a court consultant to help evaluate the viability of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s restructuring plans. He’ll work as a volunteer.
Ravitch’s new book is titled “So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics and Confronting Fiscal Crises.” The New York Times calls it “an enlightening, prescriptive citizen’s manual into making government work.”
We’ll give it a read and see if we can find any clues to what he might be looking for as he analyzes Detroit’s plans.