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What went wrong? Veteran New York Times financial journalist Kurt Eichenwald does an epic job of telling Enron's story in his 742-page tome Conspiracy of Fools. Eichenwald, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, also authored The Informant, an acclaimed account of a vast international price-fixing scandal at Archer Daniels Midland. Conspiracy of Fools tells the Enron tale with a cinematic narrative style, relying almost exclusively on scene and dialogue to bring his account to vivid life. We see how federal regulators opened the doors for the Enron fraud early on when they let the company loosen up its accounting rules and essentially cook its books. We read how Enron bullied Wall Street firms into issuing favorable reports about its share price by threatening to take away lucrative banking fees. Eichenwald also reveals how Enron manipulated electricity prices during the California energy crisis of 2000. Eichenwald's book is less successful in situating the Enron debacle in its wider context--the cycle of market speculation that reached a historic summit in the dot-com bubble. Was Enron just a cautionary sign of the greed and lack of ethics of a few bad apples, or was it more symptomatic of an entire market system? That may be a debate for another book. --Alex Roslin
Should be required reading for all Business School majors. The author did a good job covering the effects of high pressure business on the lives of the families involved.Published 9 days ago by Robert Webb
A remarkably lucid and gripping account of the Enron scandal. Or really, scandals -- Enron was one grift piled on another wrapped with a bow of simple ineptitude. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Scott E Lemieux
The inside discussions between key players was fascinating. I was shocked and appalled all over again at the audacity presented. I could hardly put the book down!Published 1 month ago by Eric
When I first picked up Kurt Eichenwald's book in the library I thought to myself what fool would force himself to plow through a 700-page book to learn more about what was already... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel J. dundon
When I first picked up Kurt Eichenwald's book in the library I thought to myself what fool would force himself to plow through a 700-page book to learn more about a well-known... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dundon Books
Absolutely fascinating account of what happened at Enron. This is my favorite of the books I've read on the topic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. Osborne
this book is like none other! very in depth and absorbing i have read it several times . highly reccomendPublished 5 months ago by Sean Maguire