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房间里最精明的人

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron (房间里最精明的人)

by Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind

通过此书管窥安然的神话是如何毁灭的

图书简介

There were dozens of books about Watergate, but only All the President's Men gave readers the full story, with all the drama and nuance and exclusive reporting. And thirty years later, if you're going to read only one book on Watergate, that's still the one. Today, Enron is the biggest business story of our time, and Fortune senior writers Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind are the new Woodward and Bernstein.

2001年年末,位于休斯敦的能源巨头安然(Enron)在其如日中天之时突然崩溃,从此引发美国公司接连爆出丑闻的多米诺效应,也结束了华尔街历史上最长的一个大牛市。曾经以“世界上最伟大的公司”名震天下的安然,现在却成了记录美国公司所犯全部错误的标签。安然的破产,不仅仅标志着一家公司的灭亡,而且是一个时代的终结。关于安然成败的经验之书,至今已有一打以上,但仍未有一部足够翔实、足够权威的作品出现。直至现在,美国最权威的《财富》杂志两位高级撰稿人交出了“作业”:作为当年最早公开质疑该公司交易的分析师和记者,本书的两位作者历时16个月深入调查、详细访问终于完成了此书。正如书中所言:“不管你对安然了解多少,本书所揭露的事实都会让你感到震惊”。全书读来恢宏大气、酣畅淋漓,既有对重大事件的详尽剖析,又有生动真实的细节支撑,对安然从飞速崛起到彻底衰败的全过程进行了客观深透的报道,其文字叙述不仅散发着新闻记者中立精准的气质和金融分析师严谨睿智的个性,同时还间或隐现出一种身为美国人对此一事件特有的复杂情绪。

作者简介

Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind are Fortune senior writers. McLean, a former investment banking analyst for Goldman Sachs, lives in New York City. Her March 2001 article in Fortune, "Is Enron Overpriced?," was the first in a national publication to openly question the company's dealings.

Peter Elkind is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of The Death Shift. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Fortune, and Texas Monthly.

贝萨尼·麦克莱恩和彼得·埃尔金德均是《财富》杂志的高级编辑,麦克莱恩是原高盛投资银行的分析师。2001年她在《财富》杂志上发表的《安然是否被高估》一文,是全美第一篇公开质疑安然公司交易的文章。也正是这篇文章引发了安然公司一系列丑闻的最终曝光。

精彩书摘

The tale of Enron is a story of human weakness, of hubris and greed and rampant self-delusion; of ambition run amok; of a grand experiment in the deregulated world; of a business model that didn’t work; and of smart people who believed their next gamble would cover their last disaster—and who couldn’t admit they were wrong.

安然的故事彰显了活在这个混乱的世界上的人类的弱点,自大,贪婪,自欺欺人,野心勃勃。他的故事告诉了我们一种行不通的商业模式,聪明人总是觉得不管曾经犯过多大的错误,他们总能够东山再起。

 

Warren Buffett

推荐人:Warren Buffett (股神巴菲特)

Warren Edward Buffett (born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He was the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway,and consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world's wealthiest person in 2008 and as the third wealthiest in 2011. In 2012 Time named Buffett one of the world's most influential people.

沃伦·巴菲特,全球著名的投资商,生于美国内布拉斯加州的奥马哈市。从事股票、电子现货、基金行业。