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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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    I've listened to this several times. Enjoyable and instuctive. Should be required reading for all business owners :)

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    The book was thoroughly enjoyable!! but it felt like fiction with good and bad guys... mostly bad greedy guys !! but loved it !!

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    Teadrinker Oak Ridge, NJ, United States 12-11-11
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    This was the book that started me listening to books. What a great story. The complexity is more manageable when it's read TO you - if I had seen the book on a shelf, I would never have picked it up. The book makes commuting fun.

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    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 11-22-09
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    "Too unbelievable to be fiction"

    This book is well worth the two credits - both in length and in quality.

    This story is told like a Grisham or Bender novel. Knowing how this is going to end is apart of what makes this book so surreal.

    It shows the danger of arrogant and narcissistic personalities running a company, especially one that dealt with billions of dollars.

    The research that had to be done to tell the story in this way is mind boggling. The author goes into what people are thinking, what they ate for lunch that day, what was happening in their family life in a manner that you can't stop listening.

    This book again confirms that "if it's too good to be true..."

    There's lots of characters and the author goes into who they all are and where they fit in the forth part of the book at about 7 hours. It would be good if this was available to look at every 3 or 4 hours of listening.

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    "Enough is way too much"

    The beginning of this book was fascinating, it was clearly explained to a financial moron like me what exactly was happening and why. But I quit halfway through the 2nd part. Hey, guys, I got it in the first part, I understand, I don't need to have every deal explained ad nauseam. I GOT it! I'll go log into MSNBC to see how it all ends.

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    "Boring"

    Just plain boring!

    I should have loved it. I'm the CEO of a small cap corporation myself and, by the way, I have previously been a manager in a "Fortune 100" company.

    Sorry, I just didn't like this book.

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