Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind: Original title: The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron: Country: United States: Language: English: Subject: Corporate Law, Ethics, fall of Enron: Genre: Non-Fiction: Publisher: Portfolio Trade: Publication date. Unimaginable personal excesses, and an utter moral vacuum that posed as corporate philosophy, led to top executives of America's seventh largest corporation walking away with over one … Peter Elkind is a writer and producer, known for Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) and Independent Lens (1999). They thought they... To think that this all happened between 15 and 30 years ago. I n 2000 Enron was the world’s seventh largest corporation. Keep reading! Brief content visible, double tap to read full content. This is a story of laziness, incompetence and overwhelming greed. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2019. The movie is about a crime story and the bankruptcy of ENRON, one of the most successful and even considered as the 7th largest corporation in America, due to the fraudulent acts by the top management. The audiobook of Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron caught my eye over a year ago, but I didn’t read it because it’s 22.5 hours long. In my business career, I saw many of these behaviours - but on a much smaller, more contained scale. Please use a different way to share. I think I will stick to the documentary in future. Today, Enron is the biggest business story of our time, and Fortune senior writers Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind are the new Woodward and Bernstein. The worse part is that they left the "normal" employees without their pension savings and ordinary investors without a large chunk of their savings too. 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Just when you think the authors have revealed the most outrageous anecdote or ridiculous scheme or pathological behaviour, they pull yet another out of the seemingly bottomless pit that was Enron. Remarkably, it was just two years ago that Enron was thought to epitomize a great New Economy company, with its skyrocketing profits and share price. The result is readable, understandable and enjoyable. 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. Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind are Fortune senior writers. £10.99. In the space of two weeks, I'd only read 150 pages. Utterly useless, hypocritical, self deluding top mangement allowed a vicious cult of lying, cheating and bare faced robbery to flourish. McLean and Elkind start in the early days of the company and provide an excellent education in the financial tricks Enron used, starting with a detailed explanation of mark-to-market accounting. 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