Monday, October 09, 2006
The American Lawyer
"Spoiling for a Fight" is an impeccably researched, crisply written insider account.... Brooke Masters...provides a riveting account of the highest of high-stakes lawyering by the whitest of white-shoe New York law firms (and their alumni on the in-house staffs of Spitzer's targets) as they matched wits and writs with the AG and his overworked band of lieutenants
--Michael Stern 10/9/2006
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Friday, October 06, 2006
The Washington Post
The book is well-researched, even-handed and thoughtful; Masters will no doubt become cable television's leading Spitzerologist for years to come.
--Bryan Burroughs 8/06/2006
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New York Times Book Review
In "Spoiling for a Fight" a thoughtful and meticulously reported biography, Brooke A. Masters shows how the same personality that once struck observers as presumptuous and callow has come to be seen by many as bold, innovative and resolute. Spitzer's rise, as she explains in a cogent introductory chapter, is the tale of an intense, passionately committed politician who helped restore a progressive ideology to the center of Democratic politics.
--Joe Conason 8/06/2006
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Masters....provides a fluid account of his rise to prominence. Her prose is economical, her explication is clear--she even makes the minutia of corporate law almost comprehensible.
--Ben Yaster 10/4/2006
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Masters makes Spitzer's feats understandable to those without Wall Street expertise.
--Katie Benner 8/13/2006
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New York State's attorney general is the subject of a comprehensive new biography, Spoiling for a Fight, by The Washington Post's white-collar crime reporter Brooke A. Masters....actually pretty thrilling...a critical exposť that provides plenty of detail.
--David Weigel, 8/28/2006
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
This is an elaborately detailed, skillfully researched look at how Spitzer has expanded the attorney general's office into an activist force rooting out illegal and questionable practices on Wall Street.
--Gene Warner 8/13/2006
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The Harvard Crimson
Brooke A. Masters '89 scores a breakthrough with her first book, "Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer," delivering a detailed analysis of the career of the New York attorney general and Harvard Law graduate, who is one of the Democratic Party's rising stars.
--Paras D. Bhayani 8/11/2006
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Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Masters...was granted extraordinary access both to the man himself and to the inner workings of his sprawling operation, and this has enabled her to shed fresh light on his thinking and to contextualize him historically in a way that makes us see him anew.
--Greg Sargent, September 2006
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Masters' book is a well-reported compendium of the high-profile probes that catapulted Spitzer onto the national stage, and it contains substantial input from allies and adversaries alike. Anyone seeking a balanced and full account of his tenure as AG will find it a worthwhile read. 3 and 1/2 stars (out of 5)
--Michael Orey 08/21/2006
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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer is the first in-depth portrait of a man who is one of the next great hopes for the Democratic party.... It's a detailed summary of Spitzer's accomplishments and a thorough portrait of his flaws. It is by no means the final word on this rising political figure. But given Spitzer's ambitions for higher office, the book will become the starting point for future biographies.
--Greg Farrell 7/31/2006
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Los Angeles Times
Detailed and searching account of Spitzer's career.... The broad outlines of Spitzer's battles with mutual funds, insurance giants, the New York Stock Exchange and the compromised world of stock analysts are well known, but Masters turns each into a short story, packed with moral tension and complexity.
--Wayne Barrett 7/30/2006
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This compelling, suspenseful and deeply reported book...from the center of a world that is complicated and usually off-limits, Brooke A. Masters gives a dramatic inside account of the fight between Spitzer and the titans of finance. It is journalistic storytelling in high form: smart, fluid and richly detailed.
--Andrew Metz 7/30/2006
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Friday, July 28, 2006
The author does a superb job of unifying Spitzer's high- profile assaults on wrongdoing with his underlying philosophy of how government and business should interact. With Spitzer seeking the Democratic nomination for New York governor in September, it's a timely analysis, packed with insights that only come from one-on-one interviews and diligent, thoughtful reporting.
--Mark Gilbert 7/28/2006
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Wall Street Journal
Ms. Masters's book offers detailed accounts of the kinds of painful encounters that have earned Mr. Spitzer a reputation as the nation's most powerful state attorney general. Landing in the middle of his bid for the New York governorship, "Spoiling for a Fight" is rich with anecdotes about Mr. Spitzer's bullying tactics.
--Kimberly Strassel 7/28/2006