Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Political Science - 368 pages
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The rise to power of Eliot Spitzer, the scourge of Wall Street and one of America’s most controversial politicians, by the reporter who knows his crusade best

Few politicians have burst onto the American scene with as much impact as Eliot Spitzer. He has exposed wrongdoing by stock analysts, mutual fund managers, and insurance brokers, and he has investigated corporations that have misled or defrauded investors and consumers. When federal regulators have fallen down on their responsibilities, Spitzer has stepped in to protect ordinary, middle-class Americans. His actions as the New York State attorney general have made companies change the way they do business, which in turn affects every American with a retirement plan, an insurance policy, or a prescription to fill.

No reporter has had better or more complete behind-the-scenes access to Spitzer’s operation—and to the strategies that have underpinned his crusade against these powerful forces in the American economy—than Brooke A. Masters of The Washington Post. In Spoiling for a Fight, she presents a portrait that is at once dramatic and revealing, raising the question of whether Spitzer’s way of conducting government business is good or bad for America.

Combining passion and zeal with a savvy understanding of the press, Spitzer has brought down some of the biggest names in American finance and now has his sights set on higher office. This revelatory book shows Americans how Spitzer has transformed their lives and what his crusade could mean for the future.


  

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Contents

When Markets Need to Be Tamed
1
A Man in a Hurry
21
An Exciting Time to Be a New Yorker
46
A Shocking Betrayal of Trust
73
Going Global
103
Betting Today on Yesterdays Horse Races
133
Two Sets of Rules
153
Simply Too Much
174
The Concrete Club
201
Foot Faults
220
The Limits of Spitzerism
250
To Dare Mighty Things
275
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Brooke A. Masters is a staff writer for The Washington Post, based in New York, where she writes about financial services and white-collar crime. She has reported on the trials of Martha Stewart, Frank Quattrone, and Bernard Ebbers. In her sixteen years at the Post, she has also covered criminal justice, education, and politics. A graduate of Harvard University and the London School of Economics, she lives in Mamaroneck, New York, with her husband and two children.

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