Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

Version: Abridged
Author: Kurt Eichenwald
Narrator: Stephen Lang
Genres: True Crime
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: March 2005
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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From an award-winning New York Times reporter comes the full, mind-boggling true story of the lies, crimes, and ineptitude behind the Enron 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.

Kurt Eichenwald transforms the unbelievable story of the Enron scandal into a rip-roaring narrative of epic proportions, taking 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.

Reviews (6)

A business book that reads like a novel

Written by Dan Watts from Etobicoke, ON on October 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Don't miss this one

Written by Tom from Lafayette on August 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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..............

conspiracy of fools

Written by Anonymous on April 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Conspiracy of Fools

Written by Eric Boyce on February 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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

conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

Written by Anonymous on April 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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

Conspiracy of Fools

Written by Donald W on February 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Eichenwald, Kurt

Kurt Eichenwald has written about white-collar crime and corporate cor-ruption for "The New York Times" for more than a decade. A two-time winner of the prestigious George Polk award for excellence in journalism and a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, he has been repeatedly selected by "TJFR Business News Reporter" as one of the nation's most influential financial journalists. For the Times, he has covered some of the highest-profile news stories emanating from the business world, including the Archer Daniels Midland story, and he is the author of "Serpent on the Rock," Eichenwald lives in