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Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider's Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer's Short and Tragic Reign Hardcover – March 9, 2010

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Lloyd Constantine is Counsel to Constantine Cannon LLP, a commercial litigation firm in New York and Washington, D.C. with an internationally acclaimed antitrust practice, where Eliot Spitzer worked for several years. He was lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the landmark Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation, which resulted in a $3.4 billion monetary settlement and an historic injunction, which the court valued as providing upwards of $87 billion in benefit for U.S. merchants and consumers. Constantine was Senior Advisor to Governor Spitzer from January 2007 until April 2008. He advised the Governor on a broad range of public policy issues and directed the Administration's initiatives in the areas of Higher Education, Local Government Efficiency, Public Authority Reform and the legal representation of New York's poor in civil and criminal proceedings. He is the author of Priceless: The Case That Brought Down the Visa/Mastercard Bank Cartel.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607146150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607146155
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,639,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joel Simon Hochman on March 21, 2010
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I own a Kindle and I was exactly 80 per cent through with this book until Spitzer's affair was brought up! Having said that, had the first eighty per cent of the book not been so boring I could have accepted that! If the reader wants to hear about the legislation ( ad nauseum ) passed or not passed by the Spitzer administration then go for it - otherwise, skip this book and buy the back issues of the National Enquirer.
Actually, very little was said about much of anything. I feel the author was trying to legitimize his own actions. He might be a successful lawyer but he needs to stick to the practice of law and give up on writing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joel Graber on March 21, 2010
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Lloyd's modest memoir - an expose this is not, nor a psychohistory - ought to be quite interesting to those who can't get enough of NY politics or know or knew Eliot. For those who know or knew Lloyd, his intense personality is front and center as he deconstructs certain Spitzer operatives and others whom have long loomed large in the state and are not used to being criticized much less mocked, such as a dean and statesman here portrayed as much over-rated. For policy wonks, Lloyd carries his portfolio, in concept and execution, over those 15 months, throughout this memoir, in an enlightening civics lesson, with extended discussions of such issues as driver licenses for undocumented workers, which Lloyd worked hard on, and which will be around for a long time.

A close study of political thought and action for insiders and anything but salacious. Eliot and Lloyd worked hard and played hard. Regardless of whether one's familiar with any of the actors, Lloyd's memoir is often touching, dedicated to "the hundreds who followed Eliot to Albany in 2007," and they sure did after Pataki's dozen years. Those many people, almost all of them, kept their good jobs after Eliot's stunning fall, under a quite different political figure.

Finally, Lloyd's depictions of the family impacts of being a power player and obsessive pol encouragingly convey the softer side of even one of the fiercist infighters.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard H. Vent on May 16, 2010
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I bought this book to learn about a great man but only got useless information from a boring political hack. Save yourself the time to read about the author and his puffed ego.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Prada on June 16, 2012
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When I bought this book, I was too distraught to read it immediately. I am so glad I got to it.

I was keenly interested in the plans that the Spitzer governorship accomplished, those which unfortunately were left unrealized.

I am glad that the author did not indulge in vapid mind reading, but made some down to earth statements while keeping a civilized and contemplative tone that made the book worth reading. We so seldom hear a genuine voice from political figures. These guys are normal, and have empathy. I was glad I read it, and i found striking the statement that Spitzer shorn of his hubris was the governor we deserved. I wish he had not resigned, his behavior was self destructive and seems motivated by shame.

I came away having gained insight into politics that in this case did not seem based on kowtowing to lobbyists.

I got a dark view of some of Cuomo's associates that sounded pretty plausible.

There is one issue that was never mentioned and it is of burning importance for the welfare of us all. Indian Point must be closed. And I was thunderstruck that it was nowhere mentioned as part of the agenda. It is our only reactor. Other states must shut theirs as well. This is the only one we New Yorkers have o control. So that was my disappointment - not with the book, but with the lack of firm policy.

Do read it. I hope we hear from both these men again.. They are smart, and have consciences. Hopefully Governor Spitzer remains chastened and less impulsive.

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pamela S. Baker on May 11, 2010
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The author was so full of himself it was hard to concentrate on the facts and take this seriously.

I had wanted to read about Mr. Spitzer, not the author, but, alas, it was not to be !

I was embarrassed for him and his revealing such a pure hatred (read: jealousy) for anyone named Cuomo !
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