The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron

eBook - 2003
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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.

Baker & Taylor
Presents an account of the rise and fall of Enron, drawing on a wide range of sources while revealing the contributions of lesser-known participants in the scandal.

& Taylor

An account of the rise and fall of Enron, written by award-winning Fortune investigative reporters, draws on a wide range of sources while revealing the contributions of lesser-known participants in the scandal. 400,000 first printing. First serial, Fortune.

Publisher: New York : Portfolio, 2003
ISBN: 9780698158825
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Elkind, Peter
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IndyPL_BethanyA Mar 21, 2019

Enron, accounting fraud, 2001.

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Jan 20, 2018

Great book, even better the second time I read it (10 years later). Amazing story and information that you sometimes just can't believe. Highly recommend

May 18, 2013

Well written book about a seminal event during the dot com meltdown, for those of us who lived and lost through it. My only complaint is that the authors tried to demonize a number of things that went on which I felt were/are pretty common business practices. The Enron management did enough bad stuff they really didn't need to extend the book out to the grey areas.


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