Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider's Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer's Short and Tragic Reign
In November 2006, Eliot Spitzer was on top of the political world, having won the New York Governorship by the greatest margin ever—far outdistancing his predecessors Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt. Sixteen months later, in March 2008, Spitzer resigned from the governorship during a brief public appearance, and “Client No. 9” entered our vernacular. It was a story imbued with exquisite irony, and it made news around the world.
Journal of the Plague Year is an intimate account of 61 hours, from the moment on March 9, 2008, when Lloyd Constantine, senior advisor to Spitzer, received a phone call from Spitzer revealing facts the entire world would learn the next morning, until Spitzer’s March 12 news conference. It is also an inside account of the 16 tumultuous months of Spitzer’s administration that preceded the resignation.
Told with candor, brutal honesty, and knowledge unique to the author, this is a story about spectacular achievement, boundless political promise, and a shared vision for rebuilding a state and the nation, squandered in little more than a year. Constantine gives us personal insight and understanding into the dramatic implosion of Spitzer’s career. More than a recounting of one man’s political downfall, it is also the story of male rivalry and a deep and abiding friendship between two complex men.
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The fact that George liked to lay his head each night on a pillow in his own bed—
that bed being in Garrison, New York, some 81 miles from Albany—ensured that
the governor himself was a very heavy user of state aircraft. This was his choice,
Within days, the fact of the Commission on Public Integrity's ultra-secret and
highly sensitive criminal referral to the Albany DA was leaked to the press by both
Soares' office and the commission itself. Within weeks, staff at the commission
The prevailing feeling among the senior staff that night at a dinner held at El
Mariachi, a Mexican restaurant in Albany, was that Eliot's address was at least a
first big step toward accomplishing that weighty objective. On January 16, 2.008,
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