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Book, documentary in works on ex-NY Gov. Spitzer

NEW YORK – Penguin Group will publish a book about disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer written by an author of a bestseller on the fall of energy company Enron.

Penguin said on Wednesday that its Portfolio imprint had acquired the rights to the book that will be written by Fortune editor-at-large Peter Elkind.

Spitzer resigned on March 12 after The New York Times reported he had patronized a $1,000-an-hour prostitute. That ended the career of a former state attorney general who made his name by prosecuting malfeasance on Wall Street.

Penguin said Elkind will be collaborating with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, who is directing a documentary about Spitzer. The pair previously collaborated on Gibney’s Oscar nominated film adaptation of Elkind’s 2003 “Enron: The Smartest Men in the Room.”

No publication date was given.