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In the tradition of Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis's blistering portrait of Wall Street in the money-mad '80s, Anatomy of Greed takes you on a roller-coaster ride through Enron's final eight prebankruptcy months, when the company's stock tumbled from $61.00 to $0.61.
Step into the tasseled loafers of narrator Brian Cruver, an ambitious M.B.A. who joined "the Crooked E" when it was still the epicenter of power in Texas, ranked seventh on the Fortune 500 and advertised as "the world's leading company." Cruver exposes Enron's ruthless system of promoting image instead of reality -- a system that led upper management to hide debt in shady deals, to hire employees rumored to have come from the "gentlemen's clubs" of Houston, and to vociferously deny that anything was wrong, right up to the bitter end. Cruver's details of the high-testosterone corporate culture, like the infamous "rank and yank" system of rewarding employees for innovation and aggression, make the company's weaknesses clear. You'll also get an Enronian's point of view of what happened during the last days of the empire, when the corporate officers were nowhere to be found but kegs were commonplace and all video monitors were tuned to CNBC. Best of all, Cruver makes Enron's financial dealings, and Wall Street's conduct, easy to understand for business-challenged readers.
More than just a juicy read, Anatomy of Greed serves as a primer for understanding the long-term consequences that Enron's actions will have on the American economy. Amina Sharma