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Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story | [Kurt Eichenwald]

Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.
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Publisher's Summary

In 2000, when The Informant was published, few would've imagined that a story about price fixing at Archer Daniels Midland could be as un-put-downable as the best crime fiction. Yet critics, and consumers, agreed: New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald had taken the stuff of dry business reporting and turned it into an unparalleled page-turner. With Conspiracy of Fools, Eichenwald has done it again.

Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material. The cast includes but is not limited to 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 Michael Eisner. Providing a you-are-there glimpse behind closed doors in the executive suites of the Enron Corporation, the Texas governor's mansion, the Justice Department, and even the Oval Office, Conspiracy of Fools is an all-true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions.

©2005 Kurt Eichenwald; (P)2005 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction (Unabridged)

"As an unadorned attempt to get into the heads of some major manipulators, this book can hardly be bettered." (Publishers Weekly)
"Conspiracy of Fools is a splendid achievement. Mr. Eichenwald has an encyclopedic grasp of a watershed business collapse, and has turned it into a gripping read, a true tale for our times." (The New York Times)
"A page-turning financial thriller....This book compares with Liar's Poker and Barbarians at the Gate in its breadth and depth of coverage of esoteric corporate culture and financial practices, recognizing the compelling human drama beneath the scandal." (Booklist)

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    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 06-20-11
    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 06-20-11
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    We have all heard bits and pieces or what we thought was the whole story, but the detail in this book is incredible. This is the best audiobook I have ever listened to. Dean Robertson does a great job in subtly changing inflection for the important character voices and captures mood very well. Excellent!

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    W. Max Hollmann Florida 07-12-08
    W. Max Hollmann Florida 07-12-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Well Written"

    Enron's financial world was complex and difficult to explain. This book does an excellent job of providng an over-view and details, in an understandable way. It is not a pretty picture, and there are times the reader will gleen a less then objective interpretation (almost a voyeur's glee) in telling some of the details. But then, some are startling. If I were a prosecutor, I would present my case exactly as the book is written. Highly recommend it as informative and entertaining.

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    Ted Camarillo, CA, USA 08-01-06
    Ted Camarillo, CA, USA 08-01-06
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    "Well done"

    I was always interested in the Enron fiasco and "Conspiracy of Fools" provided a very detailed account of the tragic events. I especially appreciated the insights into the specific schemes and how they were implemented. A good listen. Highly recommended.

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    Stephen Monarch, AB, Canada 07-11-06
    Stephen Monarch, AB, Canada 07-11-06
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    "Great Read"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a page turner and hard to put down

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    RHONDA LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-10-08
    RHONDA LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-10-08
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    "Fantastic"

    This is the best book I have ever read! I want more!!!

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    Dallas Aurora, CO, USA 01-18-08
    Dallas Aurora, CO, USA 01-18-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Fall guy"

    This book is fascinating and worth listening to. Unfortunately, it places all the blame for Enron on Andrew Fastow and portrays Kenneth Lay and Jeff Skilling as poor innocent children. if you read other sources (for example, the October 2002 Forbes Article "Andrew Fastow, Fall Guy" By Dan Ackman) it is clear that the problem with Enron was endemic and not just one bad apple. If you can stand more of the detail of the financial transaction involved, Enron's demise is more credibly portrayed in "Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron" by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. Eichenwald gives too many venal and greedy people free passes to be wholely credible.

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    Mary Scotsdale, AZ, USA 10-28-07
    Mary Scotsdale, AZ, USA 10-28-07
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    "Super"

    I have listened to this book several times and each time I get more out of it. As an investor, I learned how you can't believe even the financial advisors. I'm glad I got the unabridged version.

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    Eloise Montgomery Knoxville, TN USA 07-24-07
    Eloise Montgomery Knoxville, TN USA 07-24-07 Member Since 2003
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    "gripping"

    Very complex but clearly explained--engrossing and impressive--better than fiction--and I cannot imagine how it could be abridged--go for the full version--it's worth every minute--my husband is going to LOVE this one. Road trip.

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    Timothy redmond, WA, USA 03-27-07
    Timothy redmond, WA, USA 03-27-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A wonderful insight"

    Who knew that a 30 hour book on the collapse of a company could be so interesting? It is very interesting to hear from the inside how events progressed - and the magnitude of the incompetence of key players in the story.

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    Dan APO , AE, USA 02-23-07
    Dan APO , AE, USA 02-23-07
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    This was a great book. It provided hours of listening enjoyment. It is well worth the cost, it is almost a steal.

    I will listen to this one again and again.

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