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Dirty Rotten CEOs: How Business Leaders are Fleecing America

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Chief executives of America's large corporations are the Knights of the Round Table in a world where money is king. But today's CEOs are being exposed for cooking the books, firing workers to make quarterly earnings, and becoming very, very rich at the expense of the rest of us. Respected business writer William G. Flanagan goes beyond the headlines to show what led to one of the biggest economic fallouts in history. Here is a fascinating account of financial malfeasance at the highest level, of telecom cowboys ...
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Overview

Chief executives of America's large corporations are the Knights of the Round Table in a world where money is king. But today's CEOs are being exposed for cooking the books, firing workers to make quarterly earnings, and becoming very, very rich at the expense of the rest of us. Respected business writer William G. Flanagan goes beyond the headlines to show what led to one of the biggest economic fallouts in history. Here is a fascinating account of financial malfeasance at the highest level, of telecom cowboys and corrupt lobbyists, of multi-millionaire businessmen cashing in their stock options without risking a dime of their own money. Behind-the-scenes looks into Enron, AOL Time Warner, WorldCom, Tyco, Qwest, and others reveal the egregious blunders, risky strategies, and unparalleled greed that caused giant corporations to collapse. Along the way, there are up-close profiles of the executives who stuffed their deep pockets while destroying investor trust -- men such as Ken Lay, Gerald Levin, Jack Grubman, Sandy Weill, Jeffrey Skilling, and others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806525228
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Flanagan

Bill Flanagan is Executive Vice President of MTV Networks and an on-air essayist on “CBS News Sunday Morning.” He is the author of U2 at the End of the World and Written in My Soul. He has written for Esquire, Spy, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, GQ, Men’s Journal and many other publications. Flanagan’s first novel, A&R, was published by Random House in 2000.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note ix
1 Welcome to Greed World 1
2 Follow the Money 11
3 Those Stunning CEO Paychecks 22
4 The Stock Option: The CEO's License to Steal 34
5 "The World's Leading Company" 52
6 The Man Who Knew Too Much 62
7 How Enron Held Up the West 78
8 Running Out of Tricks 93
9 "I Got Off the Titanic in Ireland ..." 105
10 The Shredding of Arthur Andersen 119
11 The Telecom Cowboys 132
12 The Biggest Bankruptcy in History 143
13 Gerald Levin: When in Doubt, Merge 154
14 Dennis Kozlowski: Takeout from Tyco 169
15 Adelphia: The Rigas Family Piggy Bank 186
16 Joseph Nacchio: In Qwest of Riches 199
17 Investors Finally Get Fed Up 216
18 Sanford Weill: The Prince and the Banker 231
19 Jack Grubman: Analyze This 244
20 Preventing More Fraud: Modest Proposals 259
Epilogue 265
Bibliography 282
Index 284
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    A Very Readable Cautionary Tale

    William Flanagan has written a lively and amusing book about the most recent robber barons of Wall Street and American industry. While he has many informative and interesting anecdotes, Mr. Flanagan makes it clear that this skullduggery could not have been possible without the tacit consent of investors like you and me who couldn't wait to put our money into stocks about which we were woefully ignorant. Mr. Flanagan's extensive financial writing experience at Forbes and The Wall Street Journal give him special insights into the workings of The Street and he passes these on to the readers of his book.

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