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The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron

By Bethany Mclean, Peter Elkind
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The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany Mclean, Peter Elkind

The Smartest Guys in the Room (2003) tells the remarkable tale of energy trader Enron – once a poster child for market innovation on Wall Street – and its dramatic fall from stratospheric heights. These blinks detail a gripping story of financial deceit, while shedding light on the personalities that built Enron’s corporate culture and set it up for disaster.

  • Anyone hoping to learn more about the cataclysmic downfall of Enron
  • People interested in the widespread use of fraudulent business practices
  • Any business leader, executive, CEO, analyst or accountant

Bethany McLean authored Fortune’s March 2001 article “Is Enron Overpriced?” and in doing so became the first person at a national publication to openly question what went on at Enron. McLean now works as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a columnist at Reuters.

Peter Elkind, an award-winning investigative reporter, authored The Death Shift and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer. He has previously published articles in The New York Times and The Washington Post and is now editor-at-large at Fortune.

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