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With a combination of talent, hard work, connections, and family wealth, Eliot Spitzer built an amazing career. By his late forties, he'd gone from Princeton to Harvard Law to dramatic success as a prosecutor and attorney general to the governorship of New York. Many thought he would become the first Jewish president of the United States. Then came the prostitution scandal that shocked and mystified the nation. Peter Elkind's definitive account gets at all sides of this complex man: the well-intentioned do-gooder, the aggressive lawyer, the hardball politician, the dutiful son, the loving husband and father, and the secretive "Client 9" of the Emperor's Club escort service. Elkind interviewed dozens of key sources, ranging from Spitzer's family, friends, and closest aides, to targets of his high-profile investigations, to central players in the prostitution ring. He reveals many groundbreaking new details about Spitzer's rise, his short time as governor, and the way his enemies plotted against him. The result is a gripping, almost Shakespearean narrative-a tragedy of one man's noble intentions and fatal flaws and the powerful forces (both internal and external) that destroyed him.
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Peter Elkind, an editor at large at Fortune magazine, is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of The Death Shift.From AudioFile:
The story of Eliot Spitzer's amazing, ultimately self-destructive, evolution from wealthy young man to New York State's attorney general and then governor demonstrates the author's impeccable research and powerful journalistic style. Narrator Arthur Morey provides a smooth, unadorned rendering of a complex story. Eventually, Morey fades to the background as the sad drama that leads to disgrace takes center stage. His workmanlike reading and measured pace present Spitzer as talented, ambitious, aggressive, and arrogantly flawed. Largely without salacious detail, the audiobook recounts the fascinating descent of a powerful public figure. As a coda, Ella Fitzgerald sings the Gershwins' "Treat Me Rough," a tongue-in-cheek treat. Listen for it! W.A.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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