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The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron [Kindle Edition]

Bethany McLean , Peter Elkind , Joe Nocera
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“The best book about the Enron debacle to date.”
“The authors write with power and finesse. Their prose is effortless, like a sprinter floating down the track.”
—USA Today
“Well-reported and well-written.”
—Warren Buffett


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.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book 17. März 2014
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Great book. Explains in great detail who what when and why Enron went belly up. Also explains origin of Kinder Morgan limited partnerships.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good read. 11. Januar 2014
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Had read Conspiracy of Fools prior to reading this book. Liked both; Conspiracy of Fools reads like a novel and is highly enjoyable in my opinion. Both books, while telling the same story, present different times and details in ways that the other May have merely touched on. The two books complement each other but certainly are not required to both be read. I gave this book 4 stars because I did have a slight preference for Conspiracy of Fools but I don't regret purchasing this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen MBAs, CPAs, and JDs Run/Ruin the Show 29. August 2014
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A very important read for anyone who wonders what's happening to our country. The hubris of the players, MBAs (the "Smart Guys"), in this story defy reality as they game the system while kowtowing to Wall Street and lining their own pockets. They took deregulation of utilities as the kick-off for their schemes by massaging and manipulating the industry and government rules to show Las Vegas, er - Wall Street, their "cooked" bottom lines with creative accounting and approvals or "looking the other way" from their attorneys. The upshots of their playing were higher prices and blackouts for their customers and scamming their own employees. As any member of the working class who cannot afford tax accountants and attorneys can testify - "The rich get richer, the poor get assistance, and the working slobs get stiffed." Like "Free Lunch", this book exposes the criminal and opportunistic side of human nature of those who capitalize on governmental and organizational bureaucracies, leaving our country in its current financial black hole.

My only issue with this well-researched and documented piece was the mind-boggling amount of acronyms and initialed abbreviations used throughout the book, making it difficult to deal with atop of tackling and trying to digest the myriad accounting and legal practices and procedures, i.e., it was a hard read for one who is not a lawyer, CPA, or MBA.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Enron looked great, but not after you see what is under the covers 2. Januar 2015
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This is a very informative story about the operation within Enron. It identifies some creative methods of making a company look financially good when it has little cash or assets to support that position. The writers appear to me to be unbiased. They point out that a lot of the financial operations started out legal, but as time went on the executives shifted toward an illegal method. They thought that they were really "the smartest guys in the room" and nobody would ever untangle the web of finances they created. It is amazing how many high level people, including presidents of the United States bought into the story.
If you have an accounting background, you will understand the story better than the average reader. I am an engineer, but I was able to understand the manipulations enough to enjoy reading it. As a result of this scandal, many new regulations were put into effect that are now costing all of us money as the companies must follow them and the government must monitor them.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen 10 years after the original edition this new edition still shocks and astonishes 29. Januar 2014
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I read the original edition of this book when it was first published and was dazzled by the information Bethany McLean had gathered. One of those rare books that fascinated everyone from accountants to the bewildered members of the public. Compulsively readable.

My original copy had long since disappeared so I decided to buy the updated edition. It's as remarkable on the second reading. A wonderfully detailed tale of corporate greed, cloaked in smoke and mirrors. Very highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What a Classic! 20. September 2014
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This is one of those books that is hard to put down. The story is simply amazing and it is told with a lot of thorough research and insight. Even 12+ years after the Enron house of cards collapsed, this is a very good book, filled with lessons and gripping stories. Great education for anyone interested in how the Enron disaster happened, who was responsible and what drove those individuals to run such a large enterprise to the ground.
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