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Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer Paperback – March 20, 2007
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The reader is supplied with Spitzer basics: wealthy upbringing, the best schools, good grades, etc. Given his background, he should have joined the club - the club that winks at financial shenanigans. But as a true believer in correct behavior, prosecutor, and later attorney general of New York, Spitzer became aware of cheating, collusion, and other assorted misdeeds among financial institutions and set out to do something about it.
The book is more or less a step-by-step account of several cases involving numerous companies, lawyers, analysts, brokers, CEOs, etc. The illegalities are often subtle and much debated, though the intent is always clear: make lots of money at the expense of the other guy. Conflicts are a big part of the author's story, not only with those that the AG's office was hounding, but with the SEC and other regulators. Not trusting the inaction of the SEC through the years, Spitzer's office constantly intruded on the SEC's turf and moved quickly to address the issues. The myriad players and details, some of which are presented better than others, get to be quite a chore to keep straight.
The author seems to assume that the reader will get to know Spitzer through his, or his proxy's, legal actions. But it is difficult to separate out Spitzer from the endless day-to-day detail of the cases.Read more ›
Masters offers a balanced view of Spitzer's war against wall street. The gist of the book is Spitzer's background and education (rich, ivy league, privilleged) and his ambitious rise to NY Attorney General where he has whipped into shape Wall Street. In doing so, Spitzer has caught the ire of many people who beleive that he is trespassing on sacred SEC and federal government grounds.
Others feel Spitzer is doing the job the SEC SHOULD have been doing. Whether you like him or not, the book offers an interesting perspective into a rising politician and the reaons why he will probably never have a legitimate shot at the White House (hint, its for the same reasons he's been thus far succesful).
When in 1999, thirty-nine year old Eliot Spitzer was sworn as New York's 63rd Attorney General, few took into account that he was a True Believer in the progressive tradition of Brandeis and FDR. No one, including himself, foresaw that in an epiphanic moment he would link federalism with the Martin Act's empowerment of him to obtain ex parte injunctive relief upon a complaint that had not yet been answered. So it was that every razzledazzle analyst and fleetfooted broker trudging into 120 Broadway would soon find Spitzer sitting in a prosecutor's heaven, playing for keeps. Here was a steel-willed, politically ambitious warrior who had the street smarts to sense that his own nature and the workings of a random chance might position him to ascend.
Spitzer, transforming what attorney generals do, attacked midwestern power plants for polluting New York, ripped into the Food Emporium and A&P, Gristedes and other major supermarkets and drugstore chains, for mindboggling working conditions of immigrant deliverymen, and convicted the first felonious sweatshop operator in a decade.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
slightly a drag and a little repetitive, but has a lot of info that is interesting, and really tells us a lot about the politics and tactics of Spitzer, to help the reader come to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Clinton Greiner
The rating is based on my interest in the book. I was looking for all the horrible stories that happened...not his life history. Read morePublished on May 4, 2010 by Ms. Goose