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Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron

2 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Bethany McLean

Like its subject,The Smartest Guys in the Roomis ambitious, grand in scope, and ruthless in its dealings. Unlike Enron, the Texas-based energy giant that has come to represent the post-millennium collapse of 1990s go-go corporate culture, it's also … see full wiki

Author: Bethany McLean
Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover
2 reviews about Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise...
review by . January 18, 2006
Pros: Good character studies of the principles, good pace, right amount of detail      Cons: Assumes readers are intimate with large company accounting arcana and lingo      The Bottom Line: Good read for crime buffs or the Enron curious. If you aren't an accountant, gloss over those portions, they are almost incomprehensible.      I picked this up because the trials for the two former CEO’s (Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling) …
review by . November 03, 2003
This book will be especially valuable to those who have a keen interest in "the amazing rise and scandalous fall of Enron." I also commend to their attention Smith and Emshwiller's 24 Hours: How Two Wall Street Journal Reporters Uncovered the Lies that Destroyed Faith in Corporate America. The "smartest guys in the room" included Kenneth Lay, Jeffrey Skilling, Rebecca Mark, Andrew Fastow, Kenneth Rice, and Clifford Baxter. Whereas Smith and Emshwiller explored the same company as investigative reporters, …
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