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Spoiling for a Fight

The Rise of Eliot Spitzer

Brooke A. Masters

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"Compelling, suspenseful, and deeply reported . . . Masters gives a dramatic inside account of the fight between Spitzer and the titans of finance."--Newsday
 
Few politicians have burst onto the American scene with as much impact as Eliot Spitzer. As New York's attorney general, he exposed wrongdoing by stock analysts, mutual fund managers, and insurance brokers, and investigated corporations that have misled or defrauded ordinary investors and consumers. And as the next governor of New York, Spitzer is now a rising star on the national political scene.

No reporter has had better or more complete behind-the-scenes access to Spitzer than Brooke A. Masters, who covered him for four years at The Washington Post. Spoiling for a Fight is her dramatic and revealing portrait of the politician who has brought down some of the biggest names in American finance and has set his sights on higher office. And in a new afterword, she chronicles his ascension to New York's highest office and assesses his future political prospects.

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Chapter One
When Markets Need to Be Tamed
 
Eliot Spitzer had had enough.
 
It was October 2004. For six months, the hard-charging New York State attorney general and his staff had been following a tip that the huge corporate insurance broker Marsh Inc. was taking secret payments to steer clients to particular insurance companies. And for six months the company's corporate parent, Marsh & McLennan, had been effectively stonewalling, contending that there had been no underhandedness--that Marsh's clients had known about the payments and that the money hadn't affected
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  • Brooke A. Masters

  • Brooke A. Masters is a reporter for the Financial Times, where she covers the intersection of law and business. She was previously a staff writer for The Washington Post, where she reported on the financial services industry and white-collar crime. 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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The Rise of Eliot Spitzer

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