This week, we are presenting a selection of five books focusing on the Enron scandal.
Over 20 years after this epic bankruptcy, it is still the benchmark reference for accounting scandals and fraudulent financial misstatements.
Dozens of books were written by former employees, investigative journalists and academic experts. Here is our short list presenting a good diversity of approaches and narrative styles:
- Conspiracy of Fools, by Kurt Eichenwald (Business reporter) : my personal favorite book on the scandal, reads like a novel.
- Enron, Anatomy of Greed, by Brian Curver, made into a TV movie (with mostly B-list actors… only worth your time is you have already read and watched everything else about Enron)
- The Smartest Guys in the Room, by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind (Business reporters), adapted by the authors themselves as a documentary, which I also highly recommend.
- Innovation Corrupted, by Malcolm S. Salter (Harvard Business School professor)
- Enron, a theater play, by Lucy Pebble (playwright)