The Smartest Guys in the Room

This book tells the extraordinary story of Enron's fall. 'The best book about the Enron debacle to date' BusinessWeek 'The authors write with power and finesse.

Author: Bethany McLean

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241968674

Category: Business & Economics

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What went wrong with American business at the end of the 20th century? Until the spring of 2001, Enron epitomized the triumph of the New Economy. Feared by rivals, worshipped by investors, Enron seemingly could do no wrong. Its profits rose every year; its stock price surged ever upward; its leaders were hailed as visionaries. Then a young Fortune writer, Bethany McLean, wrote an article posing a simple question - how, exactly, does Enron make its money? Within a year Enron was facing humiliation and bankruptcy, the largest in US history, which caused Americans to lose faith in a system that rewarded top insiders with millions of dollars, while small investors lost everything. It was revealed that Enron was a company whose business was an illusion, an illusion that Wall Street was willing to accept even though they knew what the real truth was. This book - fully updated for the paperback - tells the extraordinary story of Enron's fall.

The Smartest Guys in the Room

Not only did the events of October 2001 have a more damaging effect on the markets than 9/11 but, like Watergate, it was an event that sent shivers throughout the whole world. This is an in-depth investigation of the fall of Enron.

Author: Bethany McLean

Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)

ISBN: 9780141011455

Category: Business failures

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The fall of Enron was much more than a business scandal. Not only did the events of October 2001 have a more damaging effect on the markets than 9/11 but, like Watergate, it was an event that sent shivers throughout the whole world. This is an in-depth investigation of the fall of Enron.

Enron

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a 2005 documentary film based on the best-selling 2003 book of the same name by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, a study of one of the largest business scandals in American history. McLean and Elkind are credited as writers of the film alongside the director, Alex Gibney. The film examines the 2001 collapse of the Enron Corporation, which resulted in criminal trials for several of the company's top executives; it also shows the involvement of the Enron traders in the California electricity crisis. The film features interviews with McLean and Elkind, as well as former Enron executives and employees, stock analysts, reporters and the former Governor of California Gray Davis. The film won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006.

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Vibe

There's a parallel between the CEO of a major company. .and a guy who's a boss
in the neighborhood. They actually want to ... What do you think? RD: Well, I'm
actually thinking of a documentary, The Smartest Guys in the Room, about Enron.

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Vibe is the lifestyle guide to urban music and culture including celebrities, fashion, beauty, consumer electronics, automotive, personal care/grooming, and, always, music. Edited for a multicultural audience Vibe creates trends as much as records them.

Behaving Badly

208 Bryce, Pipe Dreams, 280; McLean and Elkind, The Smartest Guvs in the
Room, 289-290. 209 Eichenwald, Conspiracy of Fools, 354. 210 USA v. Causey,
Skilling, and Lay, July 7, 2004, 23. 211 McLean and Elkind, The Smartest Guys in
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"This is the first book to treat Enron's financial problems as complex ethical issues managers may face daily, often without recognising them. Key decisions are presented in real-time from several perspectives, including those of Lay, Skilling, Fastow, board members, auditors, lawyers, and investment bankers. The seemingly simple question readers are asked to consider is: What would you have done, had you been employed by, or doing business with, Enron?" -- Back cover.

All the Devils Are Here

Just as McLean's The Smartest Guys in the Room was hailed as the best Enron book on a crowded shelf, so will All the Devils Are Here be remembered for finally making sense of the meltdown and its consequences.

Author: Bethany McLean

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101551054

Category: Business & Economics

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"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here." -Shakespeare, The Tempest As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers? According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America's most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above-and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy. And the full story, in all of its complexity and detail, is like the legend of the blind men and the elephant. Almost everyone has missed the big picture. Almost no one has put all the pieces together. All the Devils Are Here goes back several decades to weave the hidden history of the financial crisis in a way no previous book has done. It explores the motivations of everyone from famous CEOs, cabinet secretaries, and politicians to anonymous lenders, borrowers, analysts, and Wall Street traders. It delves into the powerful American mythology of homeownership. And it proves that the crisis ultimately wasn't about finance at all; it was about human nature. Among the devils you'll meet in vivid detail: • Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide, who dreamed of spreading homeownership to the masses, only to succumb to the peer pressure-and the outsized profits-of the sleaziest subprime lending. • Roland Arnall, a respected philanthropist and diplomat, who made his fortune building Ameriquest, a subprime lending empire that relied on blatantly deceptive lending practices. • Hank Greenberg, who built AIG into a Rube Goldberg contraption with an undeserved triple-A rating, and who ran it so tightly that he was the only one who knew where all the bodies were buried. • Stan O'Neal of Merrill Lynch, aloof and suspicious, who suffered from "Goldman envy" and drove a proud old firm into the ground by promoting cronies and pushing out his smartest lieutenants. • Lloyd Blankfein, who helped turn Goldman Sachs from a culture that famously put clients first to one that made clients secondary to its own bottom line. • Franklin Raines of Fannie Mae, who (like his predecessors) bullied regulators into submission and let his firm drift away from its original, noble mission. • Brian Clarkson of Moody's, who aggressively pushed to increase his rating agency's market share and stock price, at the cost of its integrity. • Alan Greenspan, the legendary maestro of the Federal Reserve, who ignored the evidence of a growing housing bubble and turned a blind eye to the lending practices that ultimately brought down Wall Street-and inflicted enormous pain on the country. Just as McLean's The Smartest Guys in the Room was hailed as the best Enron book on a crowded shelf, so will All the Devils Are Here be remembered for finally making sense of the meltdown and its consequences.

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Media Review Digest

ENRON : THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM Alex Gibney ; HDNet ; Jigsaw
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Sight and Sound

Given the number of recent high - profile political documentaries – Enron : The
Smartest Guys in the Room , Fahrenheit 9 / 11 , An Inconvenient Truth - that have
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Film Review

Enron : The Smartest Guys in the Room turned the microscope on the
devastating collapse of one of the USA's biggest corporations , while veteran
cinematographer Haskell Wexler was paid a quiet tribute by his own son in Tell
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The Director

Source : DDI Alison Coleman Richard Cree finds out what new film The Smartest
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The Next Space Age

He speculates that “ even the most hard - core NewSpace guys really have a soft
spot for NASA . NASA got them ... He even suggests taking the impulse all the
way : “ Everyone thinks they ' re the smartest guy in the room . I think we should ...

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Examines humanity's ongoing efforts to explore the universe, focusing on the various national, multinational, and private endeavors that are currently underway while also noting some of the more significant triumphs and tragedies of the Space Age.

Losing Our Democracy

... The Smartest Guys in the Room : The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of
Enron . ( 2004 ) p . 265 . 251 The California energy crisis : Bethany McLean and
Peter Elkins , The Smartest Guys in the Room : The Amazing Rise and
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Author: Mark Green

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ISBN: 9781402210433

Category: Political Science

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With Losing Our Democracy, Mark Green reveals how the far and religious right, a coalition of big business and, most shockingly, President Bush and his White House are in the process of undermining our democracy.

Business Review Weekly

Is the starting point a piece of academic • Do you secretly enjoy reality television
programs such as The Apprentice or relish big - release documentaries such as
Enron : The Smartest Guys in the Room ? Perhaps you replay films such as Wall
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What s the Matter with California

Gibney concedes that “ the section on California is much longer in the film than it
is in the book , " Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind ' s The Smartest Guys in the
Room . Since the shapers of opinion in California work largely within a closed ...

Author: Jack Cashill

Publisher: Pocket Books

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A whimsical response to the best-selling What's the Matter with Kansas? casts a skeptical eye on the nation's most liberal and populous state, in an anecdotal survey that likens California to an American Rome of over-indulgence and over-regulation that fails to meet its ideals.

Creating Competitive Markets

41 . Paul M . Healy and Krishna G . Palepu , “ The Fall of Enron , ” Journal of
Economic Perspectives 17 , no . 2 ( 2003 ) : 3 – 26 ; Bethany McLean and Peter
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of ...

Author: Marc Karnis Landy

Publisher: Brookings Inst Press

ISBN: 9780815751151

Category: Business & Economics

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"Contributors from academia, government, and the private sector evaluate more than a dozen efforts at market design. Analyzing a broad range of sectors, including airlines, electricity, education, and pensions, authors ask critical questions about developments in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan, as well as the United States"--Provided by publisher.

International Documentary

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