“Well-reported and well-written.”
The Enron scandal brought down one of the most admired companies of the 1990s.
Countless books and articles were written about it, but only The Smartest Guys in the Room holds up a decade later as the definitive narrative.
Meticulously researched and character driven, this book takes the reader deep into Enron’s past. 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.
For this tenth anniversary edition, McLean and Elkind have revisited the fall of Enron and its aftermath, in a new chapter that asks why Enron still matters. They also reveal the fates of the key players in the scandal.
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