Author of 500 Days, The Informant, and Conspiracy of Fools
—New York Times Book Review
A Pulitzer Prize nominee, Kurt Eichenwald is one of America's most respected business journalists. He has twice won the George Polk Award, one of journalism's highest honors, the most recent for a series about allegations of corruption at the nation's largest private hospital chain. Eichenwald's bestseller Conspiracy of Fools, the definitive book on Enron, is soon to be a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. His book The Informant, about the Archer Daniels Midland price-fixing scandal, was made into a major motion picture starring Matt Damon. Both books are widely considered masterpieces of investigative journalism.
Welcome to the Apocalypse: The Long Road to America's Worst Financial Crisis, and What it Means for Governments, Companies and the Country
The 2008 financial crisis seemed to come out of nowhere: an economic catastrophe of cataclysmic proportions, one that felled financial giants, destroyed Wall Street, dominated politics, and transformed capitalism with one of the greatest government interventions in history. How did we get here, and could the pain have been averted? And most important, is it going to get worse, or happen again? Kurt Eichenwald answers those questions with a lively look at the modern history of Wall Street, government and the investing world, a toxic stew of recklessness that made the calamity inevitable. Tracing the history from the financial scandals of the 1970's, through the corporate takeover and dotcom booms, to the accounting scandals of the early 21st century at companies like Enron and Worldcom, and finally, to the mortgage mania that pushed the American economy to the precipice of a credit meltdown, he lays bare how the recent financial trauma was the product of decades of foolishness and failure, and explores what corporate executives, government officials and investors must do to avoid repeating this sordid history—particularly with warning signs emerging of the next debacle to come.
Doing Right in the Post-Enron Era
In an accessible, enlightening, sometimes maddening and sometime humorous keynotes, Kurt Eichenwald dissects the Enron case, and others, to explore what it means for Corporate America today. How did the nation's seventh largest company implode in scandal? How was it allowed to happen? Will it ever happen again? What are the implications for senior executives, mid-level managers and other employees? From Washington to Wall Street, Eichenwald talks about the recent market lunacies and extracts valuable lessons for investors, business people and corporations. His bottom line message: good compliance and good corporate governance make good business.
Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars
In "500 Days", master speaker Kurt Eichenwald lays bare the harrowing decisions, deceptions, and delusions of the 18 months that changed the world forever, as leaders raced to protect their citizens in the wake of 9/11.
Eichenwald's gripping account puts audiences at the heart of these historic events, from the Oval Office to Number 10 Downing street, from Guantanamo Bay to the depths of CIA headquarters, from the al-Qaeda training camps to the torture chambers of Egypt and Syria. He reveals previously undisclosed information from the terror wars, including never before reported details about warrantless wiretapping, the anthax attacks and investigations, and conflicts between Washington and London.
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story
From an award-winning New York Times reporter comes the full, mind-boggling story of the lies, crimes, and ineptitude behind the spectacular scandal that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever.
It was the corporate collapse that appeared to come out of nowhere. In late 2001, the Enron Corporation--a darling of the financial world, a company whose executives were friends of presidents and the powerful--imploded virtually overnight, leaving vast wreckage in its wake and sparking a criminal investigation that would last for years. But for all that has been written about the Enron debacle, no one has yet to re-create the full drama of what has already become a near-mythic American tale.
Until now. With Conspiracy of Fools, Kurt Eichenwald transforms the unbelievable story of the Enron scandal into a rip-roaring narrative of epic proportions, one that is sure to delight readers of thrillers and business books alike, achieving for this new decade what books like Barbarians at the Gate and A Civil Action accomplished in the 1990s. Written in the roller-coaster style of a novel, the compelling narrative takes readers behind every closed door--from the Oval Office to the executive suites, from the highest reaches of the Justice Department to the homes and bedrooms of the top officers. It is a tale of global reach--from Houston to Washington, from Bombay to London, from Munich to Sao Paolo--laying out the unbelievable scenes that twisted together to create this shocking true story. Eichenwald reveals never-disclosed details of a story that features a cast including 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 Sumner Redstone.
With its you-are-there glimpse into the secretive worlds of corporate power, Conspiracy of Fools is an all-true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions.