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by Kurt Eichenwald

  • Author: Kurt Eichenwald
  • ISBN: 0767911784
  • ISBN13: 978-0767911788
  • ePub: 1990 kb | FB2: 1318 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Economics
  • Publisher: Broadway; First Edition edition (March 14, 2005)
  • Pages: 768
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Votes: 575
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Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story ePub download

With "Conspiracy of Fools, Kurt Eichenwald transforms the unbelievable story of the Enron scandal into a rip-roaring narrative of epic proportions, one that is sure to delight readers of thrillers and business books alike, achieving for this new decade what books like "Barbarians at the Gate.

With "Conspiracy of Fools, Kurt Eichenwald transforms the unbelievable story of the Enron scandal into a rip-roaring narrative of epic proportions, one that is sure to delight readers of thrillers and business books alike, achieving for this new decade what books like "Barbarians at the Gate and "A Civil Action accomplished in the 1990's

Author Kurt Eichenwald, one of the country's premier business journalists, presents a complex and beautifully written history of Enron .

Author Kurt Eichenwald, one of the country's premier business journalists, presents a complex and beautifully written history of Enron, once one of America's giants in the energy industry. He focuses much of his attention on the key players in the company, Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, Andy Fastow, Jeff McMahon and Rick Causey.

Conspiracy of Fools is a 2005 book by Kurt Eichenwald detailing the Enron scandal. Conspiracy of Fools tells the story of the 2001 collapse of Enron. Enron's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Andrew Fastow is depicted as voraciously greedy, using front corporations and partnerships, paying himself "management" and "consultant" fees as if he were an outsider, all while cooking Enron's books to show fictitious profits

Conspiracy of fools : a true story, Kurt Eichenwald. 1st ed. p. cm. 1. Enron Corp.

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With Conspiracy of Fools, Kurt Eichenwald transforms the unbelievable story of the Enron scandal into a rip-roaring narrative of epic proportions, one that is sure to delight readers of thrillers and business books alike, achieving for this new decade what books like Barbarians at the Gate.

With Conspiracy of Fools, Kurt Eichenwald transforms the unbelievable story of the Enron scandal into a rip-roaring narrative of epic proportions, one that is sure to delight readers of thrillers and business books alike, achieving for this new decade what books like Barbarians at the Gate and A Civil Action accomplished in the 1990’s. Written in the roller-coaster style of a novel, the compelling narrative takes readers behind every closed door-from the Oval Office to the executive suites, from the highest reaches of the Justice Department to the homes and bedrooms of the top officers.

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More by Kurt Eichenwald. The title of Eichenwald's brilliant book immediately raises three separate but related questions: What were the nature and extent of the Enron conspiracy? Also, which of those involved were "fools"? And what were their follies? He answers all three, doing so with surgical precision in combination with the narrative skills of a master storyteller.

From an award-winning New York Times reporter comes the full, mind-boggling story of the lies, crimes, and ineptitude behind the spectacular scandal that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever . . . It was the corporate collapse that appeared to come out of nowhere. In late 2001, the Enron Corporation--a darling of the financial world, a company whose executives were friends of presidents and the powerful--imploded virtually overnight, leaving vast wreckage in its wake and sparking a criminal investigation that would last for years. But for all that has been written about the Enron debacle, no one has yet to re-create the full drama of what has already become a near-mythic American tale.Until now. With Conspiracy of Fools, Kurt Eichenwald transforms the unbelievable story of the Enron scandal into a rip-roaring narrative of epic proportions, one that is sure to delight readers of thrillers and business books alike, achieving for this new decade what books like Barbarians at the Gate and A Civil Action accomplished in the 1990’s.Written in the roller-coaster style of a novel, the compelling narrative takes readers behind every closed door--from the Oval Office to the executive suites, from the highest reaches of the Justice Department to the homes and bedrooms of the top officers. It is a tale of global reach--from Houston to Washington, from Bombay to London, from Munich to Sao Paolo--laying out the unbelievable scenes that twisted together to create this shocking true story. Eichenwald reveals never-disclosed details of a story that features a cast including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul O’Neill, Harvey Pitt, Colin Powell, Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alan Greenspan, Ken Lay, Andy Fastow, Jeff Skilling, Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch and Sumner Redstone. With its you-are-there glimpse into the secretive worlds of corporate power, Conspiracy of Fools is an all-true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions.
Fenrikasa
Author Kurt Eichenwald, one of the country's premier business journalists, presents a complex and beautifully written history of Enron, once one of America's giants in the energy industry. "Conspiracy of Fools" is a cautionary account of how a major corporation should not be run. Eichenwald takes the reader through Enron's rise as an industry superstar to the depths of the company's humiliating crash. He focuses much of his attention on the key players in the company, Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, Andy Fastow, Jeff McMahon and Rick Causey. The author a!so details the role played by the accounting giant, Arthur Andersen, presenting narrative highlighting that firm's complicity in the bizarre schemes exercised by Enron executives.

Eichenwald"s story should be required reading in any business course covering management, accounting and finance.
Llallayue
The jury found Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling guilty. This book tells you about the culture created in Enron that led to the company treating investors and business partners and customers as patsies to be used for Enron's greater good, even if it meant cheating or bending the rules. This book tells a lot about a corporate culture that students, employees, audit committees, and most of all leaders, should be very wary of developing or working inside.

It's written with a good aherence to a time line, and in the Tom Clancy style of shifting back and forth from separate event to event, with the events slowly coming together into a crisis. It's not Clancy's submarines or airplanes or heroes or individual bravery, as here it's greed and overreaching (Fastow), an occasional flash of attempted adult supervision (Skilling) but who knows if he ever followed through or was serious, an aloof chief (Lay) (btw, I started by typing "leader" but I don't know if this was leadership he showed, thus the more neutral "chief"), and then lots of insiders and outsiders that wanted to feed on what was going on instead of blowing the whistle. A few people papered the file with cya stuff, and afterwords got some recognition, but the key is how one stands up at the time. This book should be required reading for any audit committee member, or board member, or corporate leader, because they are the oversight that sets the tone for their organization. What tone are you encouraging??

Only issue it's a bit wordy, could have been cut by 1/3 or more (OK, like this review coulda been cut by 1/3 too, but at least this review isn't 679 detailed pages.)

See my review on another Enron book, "The Smartest Guys in the Room" (McLean, Elkind) which book does a better job of capturing Enron and all its facilitators, and as I note in that review, both that book and this book are good to get.
Ienekan
Greed and incompetence combine to fleece shareholders - yet again. Eichenwald has provided a detailed if necessarily somewhat fictional history of ENRON and of it's genesis and demise. The fiction is the creation of dialogue and non-verbal background where no factual record exists. I found those creations to be wholly logical and believable. If anything, I'd say that he was a little too gentle with some of these characters.
Hap
I rarely purchase non-fiction books by author but this is the third book that I've read by Kurt Eichenwald. His accounts are riveting and
Conspiracy of Fools, The Informant, and 500 Days are all equally enthralling.
unmasked
As a 56 year old very successful business owner of 30 years, I always looked in awe at these 40 year old CEOs and CFOs of major publicly held corporations. How did these guys learn so much in such a short period of time? Are they actually that much smarter than I am? Apparently NOT! The only difference between us is that I could never match their levels of arrogance, greed, stupidity and total lack of ethics. Welcome to the world of big business.

As tragic as the ENRON situation is, what transpired behind the scenes was so incredulous, I found myself laughing out loud. The fact that they thought they could get away with some of these schemes was astounding. The fact that they got away with them as long as they did is a tribute to the stupidity of the supporting staff around them. This book should be required reading for any college grad going into the business world.
Mori
This book reads like a novel, complete with intrigue, flawed characters and all. The facts are surreal, but the most fascinating questions deal with the very personal decisions related to greed and cultural questions of how this terribly mediocre (or flat-out incompetent) ring of fools got to openly run and ultimately destroy a criminal enterprise disguised as a reputable publicly-traded Fortune 50 enterprise!
Kefym
Very interesting to me! I am a life -long Houstonian and know a number of people who were part of Enron. I am also very aware of Arthur Anderson and its reputation; still cannot believe Anderson allowed itself to become so enmeshed with Enron!! Great book which describes in detail a scandal in a major scandal in our lifetime.
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