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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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About the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
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.
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 !