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Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

de Kurt Eichenwald

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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. Journalist Eichenwald transforms the Enron scandal into a rip-roaring narrative of epic proportions, suitable for readers of thrillers and business books alike. In the roller-coaster style of a novel, the 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.… (més)
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    Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con de Guy Lawson (bjornar)
    bjornar: Readers who enjoyed reading about the shenanigans of Enron executives in Kurt Eichenwald’s Conspiracy of Fools would like Guy Lawson's Octopus as well. They are both fast-paced, suspenseful and set in the rarefied reaches of corporate finance, although Lawson clearly implies that there is far less fiction involved in his book. Whereas Eichenwald admits he freely filled in the blanks with fiction, Lawson says he got his story straight from the main source of his book, Sam Israel. Much of the story in Octopus could not be verified, however, so the reader is left to take it at face value.… (més)
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“This, then, is more than the tale of one company’s fall from grace. It is, at its base, the story of a wrenching period of economic and political tumult as revealed through a single corporate scandal. It is a portrait of an America in upheaval at the turn of the twenty-first century, a country torn between its worship of fast money and its zeal for truth, between greed and high-mindedness, between Wall Street and Main Street. Ultimately, it is the story of the untold damage wreaked by a nation’s folly—a folly that, in time, we are all but certain to see again.”

This book chronicles the rise and fall of Enron, the American energy company headquartered in Houston, that declared bankruptcy in late 2001. It centers on the actions of the company’s executives, board of directors, and management. It also portrays the downfall of auditing giant Arthur Andersen. I know people who were impacted by the company’s implosion. I always wondered what, specifically, had happened. This book provides the answers.

It is well-written in a series of vignettes focused on the key players. I have to give the author credit for making a book about accounting, finance, and consulting into a riveting page-turner. I think it helps to have a background in one or more of these disciplines to fully appreciate the details, but anyone can spot the greed, hubris, incompetence, and blind trust that led, ultimately, to the ignominious downfall and huge losses of jobs, pensions, and investments.

“Ultimately, it was Enron’s tragedy to be filled with people smart enough to know how to maneuver around the rules, but not wise enough to understand why the rules had been written in the first place.” ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
I very interesting book about how broken our economic system can be and how it lets people exploit it for a very long time. My book ended with an interview from the author and he seemed very hopeful about the future of economic regulation back in 2005 but that does not seem to have been the way things play out as leaders continue to try to loosen the regulations that are helping to protect people from the next economic collapse. It was interesting to learn exactly what happened at enron and I want to pick up more books by this author. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
See also 16 boxes of documents in SH Archive.
  LibraryofMistakes | Mar 2, 2021 |
Enron went with amazing speed from a company I had never heard of to a spectacular collapse. This book tells what happened in between. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
The story of the Enron debacle in great detail. I'm not an accounting guy but I learned a lot about it from this book. I really enjoyed this. ( )
  ffifield | Oct 9, 2018 |
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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. Journalist Eichenwald transforms the Enron scandal into a rip-roaring narrative of epic proportions, suitable for readers of thrillers and business books alike. In the roller-coaster style of a novel, the 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.

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