The Chairman

The Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer

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Pages: 416

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 06/01/2014

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8308-2

List Price: $32.95


Pub Date: 06/01/2014

ISBN: 9-781-6030-6352-4

List Price: $9.99


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The Chairman

The Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer

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The Chairman, a Shakespearean tale of friendship and betrayal that rivals that of Hamlet, is the harrowing story of Jim Greer, a man loyal to a fault to Florida Governor Charlie Crist, his benefactor. Greer trusts Crist to protect him from the onslaught of the Tea Party wing of the party, only to watch as Crist stabs him in the back and helps send him to prison in order to try to save his own political career.

It’s also a political tell-all, the truth about how wealth begets power in Republican-led state politics. The book details the secret deals, the dirty pool, the payoffs. It’s also very personal, an inside look at the brotherly relationship between Greer and Crist, the ruthlessness of potential Presidential candidate Marco Rubio and attorney general Bill McCollum, as well as at every turn political treachery.

Jim Greer is no low-level staffer—he had a seat at some of the country’s most powerful tables—whether it was delivering the votes making Michael Steele the first African American National Republican Chair or putting Senator John McCain over the top at the 2008 National Convention. He knows where the 'bodies are buried.' Golenbock blew the lid off the hypocrisy, greed, and avarice of Big Time College Sports with his 1990 bestseller Personal Fouls; now he is doing the same for politics in America’s third-largest state.

—Scott Farrell, journalist, lawyer, former U.S. congressional candidate

Not in living memory has a Florida political insider at this privileged level written a tell-all about the intimate inner workings of a political regime. There’s enough there to keep Florida political junkies enthralled with the jaw-dropping escapades of some of Florida’s best-known and most powerful political figures.

—Peter Schorsch, SaintPetersBlog

About the Author/Editor

PETER GOLENBOCK is the author of nine New York Times best sellers. In addition to his sports classics, The Bronx Zoo (with Sparky Lyle), Number 1 (with Billy Martin), Balls (with Graig Nettles), Idiot (with Johnny Damon), and Driven (with Donald Driver), he is also the author of Personal Fouls, Presumed Guilty (with Jose Baez, the attorney for Casey Anthony), and American Prince (with Tony Curtis). Golenbock lives with his wife Wendy Sears Grassi in St. Petersburg, Florida.