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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, b oundless 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.


Lloyd is currently participating in an Author Tour through the Jewish Book Council and below are the dates and places he has/​will appear.

November 14, 2012, 7 pm
Jewish Book Festival
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
Beatrice Friedman Theater
582 McIntosh Road
Sarasota, FL 34232

November 5, 2012, 7:30 pm
25th Annual Book Jewish Book Festival
David Posnack Jewish Community Center
5850 South Pine Island Road
Davie, FL 33328

November 4, 2012, 7:30 pm
Alper Jewish Community Center
Robert Russell Theater
11155 SW 112th Avenue
Miami, FL 33176

October 28, 2012, 4:00 pm
American Jewish University
Whizin Center for Continuing Education
15600 Mulholland Drive
Bel Air, CA

Chatham Book Store book signing (Chatham, NY)


credit: Douglas Stalker

Upcoming events for the new book, Journal of the Plague Year, available now.

Wednesday, April  7, 7:00 PM   

Barnes & Noble
150 East 86th Street
New York, NY  10028

Contact: Edwin Tucker

Monday, April 12, 6:00 PM  

1475 Western Ave
Albany, NY  12203

Contact: Susan Taylor

Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 PM

Borders Bookstore
1801 K St. NW
Washington, D.C.

Sunday, April 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

27 Main Street
Chatham, NY  12037

Contact: 518-392-3005

Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 PM   

Barnes & Noble
131 Colonie Center
Colonie, NY  12205

Contact: Marisa Geraghty

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Journal of the Plague Year
The March 10, 2008 disclosure that Governor Eliot Spitzer patronized prostitutes shocked admirers around the world who had celebrated him as the "Sheriff of Wall Street" and a likely future president.  Ironically, the author's disillusionment with Spitzer had begun to disappear 15 hours earlier, when Spitzer confessed to him what others would soon learn in a media storm of unprecedented intensity.  Journal of the Plague Year is Constantine's intimate account of the 17 calamitous months preceding the March 2008 revelation and the futile 61 hour battle waged by the author and the governor's wife to persuade Spitzer not to resign, but to instead fulfill promises made to the voters who had elected him in a record landslide.

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