Conspiracy of Fools

Conspiracy of Fools : A True Story

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From an award-winning "New York Times" reporter comes the full, mind-boggling story of the lies, crimes, and ineptitude behind the spectacular scandal that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever . . . It was the corporate collapse that appeared to come out of nowhere. In late 2001, the Enron Corporation--a darling of the financial world, a company whose executives were friends of presidents and the powerful--imploded virtually overnight, leaving vast wreckage in its wake and sparking a criminal investigation that would last for years. But for all that has been written about the Enron debacle, no one has yet to re-create the full drama of what has already become a near-mythic American tale. Until now. With "Conspiracy of Fools, "Kurt Eichenwald transforms the unbelievable story of the Enron scandal into a rip-roaring narrative of epic proportions, one that is sure to delight readers of thrillers and business books alike, achieving for this new decade what books like "Barbarians at the Gate "and "A Civil Action "accomplished in the 1990's. Written in the roller-coaster style of a novel, the compelling narrative takes readers behind every closed door--from the Oval Office to the executive suites, from the highest reaches of the Justice Department to the homes and bedrooms of the top officers. It is a tale of global reach--from Houston to Washington, from Bombay to London, from Munich to Sao Paolo--laying out the unbelievable scenes that twisted together to create this shocking true story. Eichenwald reveals never-disclosed details of a story that features a cast including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul O'Neill, Harvey Pitt, Colin Powell, Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alan Greenspan, Ken Lay, Andy Fastow, Jeff Skilling, Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch and Sumner Redstone. With its you-are-there glimpse into the secretive worlds of corporate power, "Conspiracy of Fools" is an all-true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

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  • CD-Audio
  • 129.5 x 157.5 x 35.6mm | 249.48g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged
  • 0739324497
  • 9780739324493

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Praise for Kurt Eichenwald's bestseller, "The Informant" "Ranks with "A Civil Action" as one of the best nonfiction books of the last decade." --"New York Times Book Review" "The thriller of the year--and it's all true!" --"Dallas Morning News" "One of the most intriguing--and nearly unbelievable--nonfiction books in recent memory . . . a tangled tale worthy of John Le Carre." --"Portland Oregonian ""A compelling narrative . . . a business book for Grisham readers." --"Chicago Tribune" "Reads like a well-written whodunit." --"Denver Post" "A spellbinding account, as much of a page-turner as a Grisham novel." --"Washington Monthly " "I guarantee it'll keep you reading late into the night." --Jonathan Harr, author of "A Civil Action " "From the Hardcover edition."show more

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In 2000, when "The Informant was published, few would've imagined that a story about price fixing at Archer Daniels Midland could be as un-put-downable as the best crime fiction. Yet critics--and consumers--agreed: "The New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald had taken the stuff of dry business reporting and turned it into an unparalleled page-turner. With "Conspiracy of Fools, Eichenwald has done it again. Say the name "Enron" and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new--and entirely gripping--material. The cast includes but is not limited to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul O'Neill, Harvey Pitt, Colin Powell, Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alan Greenspan, Ken Lay, Andy Fastow, Jeff Skilling, Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, and Michael Eisner. Providing a you-are-there glimpse behind closed doors in the executive suites of the Enron Corporation, the Texas governor's mansion, the Justice Department, and even the Oval Office, "Conspiracy of Fools is an all-true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions.show more

About Kurt Eichenwald

Kurt Eichenwald has written about white-collar crime and corporate cor-ruption for The New York Times for more than a decade. A two-time winner of the prestigious George Polk award for excellence in journalism and a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, he has been repeatedly selected by TJFR Business News Reporter as one of the nation's most influential financial journalists. For the Times, he has covered some of the highest-profile news stories emanating from the business world, including the Archer Daniels Midland story, and he is the author of Serpent on the Rock. Eichenwald lives in Westchester County, outside New York City, with his wife and three children. From the Audio Download edition.show more

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