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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Paperback – October 6, 2010
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The Spitzer story may have seemed like daily news fodder when it broke. But there was a deeper story here. Peter Elkind, a financial reporter who wrote a good book about the Enron debacle, now makes a fine case for taking the time to go back to the beginning and scope out the whole tale. Spitzer was an iconoclastic, caustic politician. He came out of an intense upper-crust New York family with a superhuman need to succeed. Early on, he was an unlikely politician - awkward, impatient, arrogant. He found his calling as the state's Attorney General, attacking financial practices that everyone thought were untouchable. If he was overzealous and stubborn and unreasonable, voters didn't care. The public hunger for a political leader who could Get Things Done pushed his popularity ever upward. He coasted to victory as Governor. There was talk, and not a small amount, of a first Jewish President.
We like to watch them climb, and man, do we love to see them fall.Read more ›
Elliot's father, Bernie Spitzer, was quoted as stating "I play to kill" and fought authority throughout his career. His friends state Bernie raised Eliot to be a "warrior". Eliot attended Princeton where he put together a campus-wide toga party in addition to creating the jocular Antarctica Liberation Front. The group though did declare that student participation on university committees were designed to minimize recommendations from students.
Eliot married Silda Wall, who was unhappily married when she met Eliot. Spitzer became a prosecutor who indicted several organized crime leaders. Spitzer used undercover agents, sting operations, and installing listening devices into Gambino crime organization offices. A high profile trial led to a plea bargain when those accused ended their allegedly illegal operations, paid $12 million in fines, and served no prison time. This did cause an immediate crippling change in mob businesses.
Spitzer then spent 18 months in private practice before deciding to run for Attorney General. His wife was surprised he sought public office before their children were grown. His wife gave birth to their third child five days after he announced his candidacy.
Spitzer self-financed his own campaign. He was in a primary against Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and former State Sen. Karen Burstein.Read more ›
Elkind is a great writer. This book reads like a taut thriller - as good as any fiction. In fact, if you threw a twist into fiction like the doozy Spitzer perpetrated on the world, you'd think, "Come on! That wouldn't happen!" But happen it did. Eliot Spitzer - in a monumentally stupid, inexplicable act - blew up his career, brought shame on his family and roiled the professional and personal lives of hundreds of his team. I take one look at his vivacious, intelligent, talented-in-her-own-right wife and think: what on earth could you have been thinking to risk losing that? It's not for nothing that Silda Wall's pained, shocked face became the inspiration for The Good Wife: The First Season.Read more ›
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My god what a mess we have for politicians......none of them stay on the straight and narrow........power controls them and they are capable of ANYTHING...... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Mann
Good nonfiction account.
In our world it seems that many of our best and brightest are just not so bright when it comes to sexual discretion. Read more
"Welcome to a Greek tragedy" were Spitzer's words when his scandal with a prostitute became know. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Leon Czikowsky
Eliot Spitzer used to be a big deal in New York state politics.A crusading attorney general who battled against Wall street excesses and a governor elected with one of the highest... Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Charles H. Levenson
I found this a well-written and compelling story of New York politics. Particularly interesting given Spitzer's current bid for comptroller. Narcissism run riot.Published on August 11, 2013 by Kindle Customer