Conspiracy Of Fools

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Written By: Kurt Eichenwald

Narrated By: Stephen L. McFarland

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: March 2005

Duration: 10 hours 1 minutes

Summary:

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Dan Watts

    This is probably the best written business book I have ever read. It is definitely the most interesting. The author's style of speculative narrative reads like a novel: full dialogs between participants in the scandal are quoted, complete with descriptions of the setting and even the character's mannerisms. In an interview at the end of the abridged version, the author describes the painstaking research he used to reconstruct these events. It wouldn't be fair to say that the accuracy of the author's depiction suffered, but a little poetic license was unavoidably used in places. In all, I would recommend this book for someone who doesn't like businees books or has never tried one. If you don't find this one accessible and enjoyable, then you're probably best to avoid the genre.

  • Tom from Lafayette

    A true story that reads like a novel. One of the best pieces of documented journalism you will ever listen to. The author does not really judge any of the principals, but obviously there were some gigantic egos who were propelled by a complete lack of economic sense or scruples. The narrator is one of the best..............

  • Anonymous

    A fantastic book. It reads like a novel which keeps your interest. There are many important lessons to be learned from the mistakes made by the people in this story.

  • Eric Boyce

    a very good listen...in depth, and very probative discussion of a serious financial issue of our time.

  • Anonymous

    Very interesting and exiciting read. I felt like I was actually there watching Enron implode. Especially recommended for accountants and lawyers.

  • Donald W

    Reads more like a hard-boiled novel than business nonfiction, which makes me wonder exactly how accurate it is. It helps if you're an accountant (which I am) to understand the intricacies of the schemes used by Enron - the descriptions of the deals and the accounting for them are fairly deailed. I found the book to be compelling and surprisingly fast-paced, especially in the abridged version.