Rough Justice

Rough Justice

The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Book - 2010
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An in-depth look at the ambitious career and sudden disgrace of the former New York governor

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.

Publisher: New York : Portfolio, c2010.
ISBN: 9781591843078
Branch Call Number: 974.7043092 S761e
Characteristics: 320 p.


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Jun 30, 2013

Too sympathetic to Spitzer, who prosecuted those who frequented prostitutes and escort services, while Spitzer himself did the same! Spitzer filed a "friend of the court" (amicus curaie) on behalf of that fellow who had leased or owned the Twin Towers while an attorney general, a clear conflict of interest. Spitzer seems to possess the hubris of those born to wealth, thinking he was above it all and could never get caught; the typical attitude of the super-rich! Is he really a democrat, or did he simply assume that facade?

Jun 30, 2013

Although this book gives a comprehensive portrait of Spitzer's professional career (which was mostly good), it really doesn't explain why he did what he did to cause his own downfall. He was being talked about as a possible future president and yet he regularly paid thousands of dollars for a couple hours with call girls, even when he was governor of New York. Did he not think they might recognize him? ! He didn't use his real name (he couldn't even make up a name - he cavalierly used a friend's name) but he used his real address. The author doesn't present any insight into the relationship Spitzer had with his wife and the only explanation offered is that he may be a sex addict. Allegedly he spent $100,000 on prostitutes over a few years.

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