"I'd say you were a carnival barker, except that wouldn't be fair tocarnival barkers. A carnie will at least tell you up front
that he's running a shell game. You, Mr. Lay, were running what purported to be the seventh largest corporation in America."-Senator
Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) to Enron CEO Kenneth Lay, Senate Commerce Science & Transportation's Subcommittee, Hearing on Enron,
2/12/02 The speed of Enron's rise and fall is truly astonishing and perhaps the single most important story of corporate failure
in the twenty-first century. In Enron investigative journalist Loren Fox promises readers nothing short of the most compelling
and insightful investigation into Enron's meteoric ascent-regarded by Wall Street and the media as the epitome of innovation-and
its spectacular fall from grace. In a lively and authoritative manner, Fox discusses how the biggest corporate bankruptcy
in American business history happened, why for so long no one (except for an enlightened few) saw it coming, and what its
impact will be on financial markets, the U.S. economy, U.S. energy policy, and the public for years to come.
to many company insiders, Fox's intriguing account of this corporate debacle also provides an overview of the corporate culture
and business model that led to Enron's high-flying success and disastrous failure. The story of Enron is one that will reverberate
in global financial and energy markets as well as in criminal and civil courts for years to come. Rife with all the elements
of a classic thriller-scandal, dishonest accounting, personal greed, questionable campaign contributions, suicide-Enron captures
the essence of a company that went too far too fast.