Good Guys and Bad Guys: Behind the Scenes with the Saints and Scoundrels of American Business (and Everything in Between)

By Joe Nocera
The greatest columns and profiles by the bestselling coauthor of "All the Devils Are Here."

What's it like to be a top tobacco executive when your kid asks you about smoking? How did a young liberal arts major become the hottest tech-stock analyst of the '90s, and why did he self-destruct? How did one family's dysfunction change the media landscape?

Some people think business journalism is all about balance sheets, income statements, and earnings per share. But if you want to answer the really interesting questions-about heroes and hucksters, visionaries and madmen, and other larger-than-life characters-you need a reporter like Joe Nocera.

For more than twenty-five years Nocera has shed new light on the giants of the business world-Warren Buffett, T. Boone Pickens, Bob Nardelli-as well as on the less famous but equally fascinating. He builds stories around their motivations, personalities, and deepest characters. And instead of just pigeonholing them as good guys or bad guys, he explores the gray areas in between.


JACK COVERT SELECTS: Jack Covert Selects – All the Devils are Here

Posted December 10, 2010, 10:23 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean & Joe Nocera, Portfolio, 380 pages, $32. 95, Hardcover, November 2010, ISBN 9781591843634 I know you might be thinking, “Another book on the financial crisis… really? ” But this is the one that many have been waiting for, and after reading it for myself, I can safely say that Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera have delivered the most comprehensive documentation to-date of the many pieces that built the puzzle of our financial system over the decades. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: inBubbleWrap - The Smartest Guys in the Room

Posted February 9, 2009, 8:05 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
It being Monday as it is, we're back at inBubbleWrap, giving away another one of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. This week, we have The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. As Jack will tell you, it's the best narrative of the Enron saga that exists on bookshelves, and the edition that we're giving away is updated to include the Enron trial and the death of Ken Lay. Read more

STAFF PICKS: Reuters to the Rescue

Posted December 24, 2008, 8:48 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Reuters reporter Lisa Von Ahn has some recommended "reading to brighten the holidays. " She starts with three classics being released the day after Christmas by Penguin imprint, Jeremy P. Tarcher. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Joe Nocera's Best Business Books Ever

Posted July 18, 2008, 9:55 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Joe Nocera is a columnist for The New York Times who writes about big business, and yesterday my inbox was filled with notes pointing me to his blog. His latest post recommends what he believes are the best business books ever. Here is Nocera's list with his commentary: "Liar's Poker," by Michael Lewis (even though I've since become convinced that the anecdote that gives the book its title never happened). Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Buying In, In the Press

Posted June 6, 2008, 5:44 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Since posting links to an excerpt and review of Rob Walker's book Buying In on Monday, two more reviews have come to my attention--both more in depth than the first and both terrific. One is from Salon, and was published on Tuesday, so you can understand why it wasn't included in the original post. The review from TIME Magazine? Read more


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Publisher Portfolio
Publish date 08/01/2011
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