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

By Bethany Mc Lean, Peter Elkind
The definitive volume on Enron's amazing rise and scandalous fall, from an award-winning team of "Fortune" investigative reporters.
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.


NEWS & OPINION: Re-opening the books on Enron

Posted May 25, 2006, 6:56 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
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Posted May 25, 2006, 2:45 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
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NEWS & OPINION: Smartest Guys In The Room out on DVD

Posted February 6, 2006, 9:59 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Over the weekend, I watched Enron: Smartest Guys In The Room. The movie is based on the book written by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. The authors are both interviewed in this amazing documentary. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: When Good Companies Spawn Bad Books, and Vice Versa

Posted May 24, 2005, 4:26 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
So Bill Gates plans to author a new business book. Yawn. If its anything like his previous dull, sanitized effort, this book will be about as intriguing as the instruction manual to Windows. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Getting Great Ink

Posted January 28, 2005, 7:54 PM with category of The Company
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Publisher Portfolio
Publish date 07/01/2004
Pages 435
ISBN-13 9781591840084
ISBN-10 1591840082
Language English

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