The Smartest Guys in the Room : The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
The fall of Enron was much more than a business scandal. Not only did the events of October 2001 have a more damaging effect on the markets than 9/11 but, like Watergate, it was an event that sent shivers throughout the whole world. The subsequent unravelling of the truth would bring down CEOs, taint the President, destroy the accountants Arthur Andersen, and call into question corporate governance throughout the US. It was the beginning of the end of confidence in American stakeholder capitalism. This is an in-depth investigation of the fall of Enron.
- Hardback | 464 pages
- 160.02 x 236.22 x 43.18mm | 884.5g
- 02 Oct 2003
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
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?
About Bethany McLean
Bethany Mclean is a senior writer for Fortune. She is also the author of the award-winning A PIECE OF THE ACTION (1995). It was her investigation into Enron that first began the scandal. Peter Elkind is an investigative report for Fortune. He is the author of THE DEATH SHIFT (1989).