Saturday, May 1, 2010

Peter Elkind '80 Writes Big Book on Eliot Spitzer '81

Peter Elkind's new book, Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, is getting widespread reviews. The book is published by Penguin USA, which says on its website that the book:

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.

A sampling of major reviews includes:

New York Times

Washington Post

Newsweek (an interesting approach to look at the book, including grades for prose and ideas on "hidden agendas)

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