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Smartest Guys in the Room The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron

ISBN-10: 1591840082
ISBN-13: 9781591840084
Edition: 2003
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Description: The definitive volume on Enron's amazing rise and scandalous fall, from an award-winning team of Fortune investigative reporters. There were dozens of books about Watergate, but only All the President's Men gave readers the full story, with all  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/13/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

The definitive volume on Enron's amazing rise and scandalous fall, from an award-winning team of Fortune investigative reporters. There were dozens of books about Watergate, but only All the President's Men gave readers the full story, with all the drama and nuance and exclusive reporting. And thirty years later, if you're going to read only one book on Watergate, that's still the one. Today, Enron is the biggest business story of our time, and Fortune senior writers Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind are the new Woodward and Bernstein. Remarkably, it was just two years ago that Enron was thought to epitomize a great New Economy company, with its skyrocketing profits and share price. But that was before Fortune published an article by McLean that asked a seemingly innocent question: How exactly does Enron make money? From that point on, Enron's house of cards began to crumble. Now, McLean and Elkind have investigated much deeper, to offer the definitive book about the Enron scandal and the fascinating people behind it. Meticulously researched and character driven, Smartest Guys in the Room takes the reader deep into Enron's past-and behind the closed doors of private meetings. Drawing on a wide range of unique sources, the book follows Enron's rise from obscurity to the top of the business world to its disastrous demise. It reveals as never before major characters such as Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andy Fastow, as well as lesser known players like Cliff Baxter and Rebecca Mark. Smartest Guys in the Room is a story of greed, arrogance, and deceit-a microcosm of all that is wrong with American business today. Above all, it's a fascinating human drama that will prove to be the authoritative account of the Enron scandal.

Bethany McLean is a writer for Vanity Fair and the co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. Before joining Vanity Fair, she was editor-at-large of Fortune, and spent three years working in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. She lives in Chicago.Joe Nocera is business columnist for the New York Times. He spent ten years at Fortune as a contributing writer, editor at large, executive editor, and editorial director. He has won three Gerald Loeb awards for excellence in business journalism and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2006. He lives in New York.

Authors' Notes and Acknowledgments
Cast of Characters
Our Values
Introduction
Lunch on a Silver Platter
"Please Keep Making Us Millions"
"We Were the Apostles"
The First Prima Donna
Guys with Spikes
The Empress of Energy
The 15 Percent Solution
A Recipe for Disaster
The Klieg-Light Syndrome
The Hotel Kenneth-Lay-a
Andy Fastow's Secrets
The Big Enchilada
"An Unnatural Act"
The Beating Heart of Enron
Everybody Loves Enron
When Pigs Could Fly
Gaming California
Bandwidth Hog
"Ask Why, Asshole"
"I Want to Resign"
The $45 Million Question
"We Have No Cash!"
Epilogue: Isn't Anybody Sorry?
Index

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