Author Scott Reich grew up on Long Island near The Bristal at North Hills and The Bristal at North Woodmere, where he stopped in to talk with us about this new book titled “The Power of Citizenship.” Below are a few photos from his visits, along with information about the author and his new book. We’d like to thank Scott for coming to talk politics, and for signing a few copies of his book for us!
About Scott D. Reich:
Scott D. Reich is a practicing attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. In 2010, he was appointed by the governor of New York to serve on the College Council of SUNY-Old Westbury. He serves on the boards of several institutions, including the Union for Reform Judaism, the School for Language and Communication Development, and his synagogue. He has done pro bono work for the Brooklyn Family Court, the New York Legal Assistance Group, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In 2013, The Jewish Week featured him as one of their “36 Under 36.” Reich earned a B.A. in history and communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was president of his class.
About The Power of Citizenship:
Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s death, we find ourselves enmeshed in an era of political division and cynicism, where politicians talk past one another and the spirit of “ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country” is less visible than it should be. In his new book, author Scott Reich asserts that the most powerful element of JFK’s legacy is his emphasis on the theme of citizenship, and that a rededication to the values Kennedy promoted is needed to bring us back on track.
The first book written from the perspective of the “next generation,” The Power of Citizenship recaptures the excitement of the Kennedy era, highlighting how lessons from the past can be used to guide us today. Reich not only identifies modern challenges, but he also offers a tangible blueprint for how we can improve our public discourse, be good citizens, and lift our nation to new heights of greatness.
Congressman Joe Kennedy III says, “Reich’s book delivers a message of service and citizenship that is as essential today as it was when President Kennedy first asked what we could do for our country.” Historian David Eisenhower calls it “the best and most interest book written on the Kennedy presidency in decades…and one of the most moving books I have ever read on patriotism and citizenship.”
Part history and part call to action, The Power of Citizenship hones in on the very essence of what made JFK so inspirational and timeless, reminding us once again that we must answer the call to service.