Conspiracy of Fools by Kurt Eichenwald
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Culled from three years of Eichenwald's reportage on the Enron scandal for The New York Times, the book takes the novelistic form of Eichenwald's The Informant, another true tale of corporate chicanery that reads like the swiftest of airport paperbacks.
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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.


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About Kurt Eichenwald

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Kurt Eichenwald wrote for The New York Times for more than twenty years. A two-time winner of the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and 2002. He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books, one of which, The Informant, was made into a major motion picture starring Matt Damon. He lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.
 
Published March 14, 2005 by Broadway Books. 784 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Scott Tobias on May 10 2005

Culled from three years of Eichenwald's reportage on the Enron scandal for The New York Times, the book takes the novelistic form of Eichenwald's The Informant, another true tale of corporate chicanery that reads like the swiftest of airport paperbacks.

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