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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (74 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Elkind Narrator: Arthur More Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Eliot Spitzer story plays like a novel that might have been plotted by Theodore Dreiser and peopled with characters by Tom Wolfe…The tireless reformer compared to Batman’s alter ego, Bruce Wayne…finds his much ballyhooed future as a possible presidential contender smashed to pieces, and the word ‘disgraced’ seemingly permanently stapled to his name like a Homeric epithet.”

    New York Times

  • “Even if there weren’t a prostitution thread, this would be a page-turner. Elkind’s style is journalism at its best: well-reported but pared down, and full of colorful scenes.”


  • “Peter Elkind’s Rough Justice, [is] an absorbing account of Spitzer’s improbable journey from New York rich kid to celebrated Wall Street scourge—to infamous Client No. 9 of the Emperor’s Club…Elkind captures the conflicting sides of Spitzer. He was an idealist who was genuinely outraged by the Wall Street pandemic. Yet Spitzer was also plagued by a volcanic temper and an over-caffeinated ego that was unable to keep his worst impulses in check.”

    Los Angeles Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lesley | 9/3/2013

    " Well that was fun. I would have given him 5 stars if he had interviewed me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bev | 8/30/2013

    " So far - so fascinating. See the sub-prime usual suspects already doing the nasties in early part of 2000's. He was a better DA than a governer. "Hubris is Terminal".... interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Seligne | 5/12/2013

    " Great read for politics junkies. Spitzer never fails to fascinate and Elkind does a great job of giving us his story of Spitzer's rise and fall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa von Braun | 1/1/2013

    " A very fair portrait, I could have gone for a bit more of the aftermath.Like a Phoenix, eliot has resurrected himself on cable news, once again in the public eye. "

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