The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781591846604
  • 480 Pages
  • Portfolio
  • Adult


The tenth-anniversary edition of the definitive account of the Enron scandal, updated with a new chapter
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. 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.
The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Smartest Guys in the Room

Written by: Bethany McLean, Written by: Peter Elkind, Foreword by: Joe Nocera


“The best book about the Enron debacle to date.”
“The authors write with power and finesse. Their prose is effortless, like a sprinter floating down the track.”
—USA Today
“Well-reported and well-written.”
—Warren Buffett

Table of Contents

The Smartest Guys in the RoomAuthors’ Notes and Acknowledgments
Cast of Characters
Our Values

1. Lunch on a Silver Platter
2. Please Keep Making Us Millions
3. We Were the Apostles
4. The First Prima Donna
5. Guys with Spikes
6. The Empress of Energy
7. The 15 Percent Solution
8. A Recipe for Disaster
9. The Klieg-Light Syndrome
10. The Hotel Kenneth-Lay-a
11. Andy Fastow’s Secrets
12. The Big Enchilada
13. An Unnatural Act
14. The Beating Heart of Enron
15. Everybody Loves Enron
16. When Pigs Could Fly
17. Gaming California
18. Bandwidth Hog
19. Ask Why, Asshole
20. I Want to Resign
21. The $45 Million Question
22. We Have No Cash!

Epilogue: Isn’t Anybody Sorry?