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Old 10-10-2019, 11:20 AM
Location: Pennsylvania
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It's been 18 years (time flies!) since Enron imploded. I still find this story fascinating. The three books shown here are the ones I have read.

* The Smartest Guys In The Room - Bethany McClain & Peter Elkind

* Conspiracy Of Fools - Kurt Eichenwald

* Power Failure - Sherron Watkins

Anyone like and care to comment on any of these books, or are there other good ones that may be worthwhile to read?
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Old 10-10-2019, 11:49 AM
Location: East Coast
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There's another one called 24 Days that focuses on the story from the POV of the reporters who uncovered it. I recommend that one, too.

I loved both The Smartest Guys in the Room and Conspiracy of Fools. The Smartest Guys documentary is also excellent.

I never read Power Failure -- I'll have to check that one out.

I became a bit obsessed with the story and thought I was crazy for reading three books. BUT, so much reminds me of the Enron crisis -- including the financial/mortgage meltdown. It was such a similar thing - the information was all there, available to anyone who bothered to look at it. It was in public filings. But no one did until after the fact. To me, this whole thing was caused by laziness, in that no one -- no regulators, no financial analysts, no financial reporters - no one at all looked at even the public filings and said, "This makes no sense. No one should continue to invest in this company until this is explained."
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