“Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer”
By Brooke A. Masters
(New York: Henry Holt; 368 pages; $26)

“Nice kid. He’s gonna get killed,” Daniel Patrick Moynihan, New York’s senior U.S. senator, growled backstage after grudgingly endorsing Eliot Spitzer’s 1998 candidacy for attorney general of New York. Moynihan, a fabled handicapper, was wrong: Spitzer won — albeit barely, by 25,186 votes out of 4.3 million cast, and only after a recount.

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