Rough Justice by Peter Elkind audiobook

Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

By Peter Elkind
Read by Arthur Morey

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12.73 Hours 1
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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. AudioFile
“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.” Newsweek.com
“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

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Author

Author Bio: Peter Elkind

Author Bio: Peter Elkind

Peter Elkind is an editor at large at Fortune magazine and an award-winning investigative reporter. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and Texas Monthly, and he is a former editor of the Dallas Observer. He lives in Texas.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 12.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English