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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (93 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Cruver Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781543610697
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Brian Cruver first entered the "Death Star," Enron's office complex, in March 2001. He was twenty-nine years old, an eager MBA ready to cash in as a new hire with one of America's most highly valued companies. But, from his first day—when his new boss warned him, "there was a mix-up in the hiring process," but that it was "no big deal...just think of it like you're adopted"—to his last, when he and his colleagues were given thirty minutes to leave the building, Cruver found himself enmeshed in a business cult that each day grew only more bizarre.

With dark humor and page-turning momentum, Cruver lays out firsthand: the giddy group-think nurtured by Enron's leadership, whose incessant cheerleading for the company's stock price rendered many Enronians unable to believe that they were routinely being spoon-fed lies; the "rank and yank" peer review process that fostered horse-trading among managers over which employees would be given poor evaluations; the traders who made dubious deals to ensure their own lucrative bonuses; and the sinister designs and funding of Enron's fraudulent off-the-books partnerships. As Cruver probes the sleazy escapades that Enron executives milked for personal gain, he introduces us, up close and personal, to such storied figures as Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andy Fastow, along with other important Enron personalities like Rebecca Mark; Lou Pai; Thomas White, George W. Bush's Secretary of the Army; Joe Sutton; the "Mr. Blue," a disillusioned Enron executive; and Cruver's trading floor neighbor, a machine he christened "Sherman the Shredder"—who was always working overtime.

Cruver's day-by-day chronicle, which includes a running stock ticker to show the trajectory of Enron's collapse, is instantly reminiscent of such bestsellers as Liar's Poker and Barbarians at the Gate. Told in a fresh, empathetic voice, Anatomy of Greed is brimming with grist for political pundits and comic relief for victims of corporate collateral damage. It is also the personal story of a young executive, a Houston native, whose dream job and dream company crashed around him in an avalanche of lies and greed. From the wreckage, this newly hardened veteran of the corporate wars has written a cautionary tale that our leaders must heed—or imperil us all to future disasters.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/12/2013

    " For completists only. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vera Rakhmani | 8/5/2013

    " The minutes by minutes of Enron's colapse from its employee's perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham | 4/10/2013

    " Loved loved loved this book! Great perspective! So informative! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kamal Kannan | 3/27/2013

    " Another fast read one and a roller coast experience "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 11/18/2012

    " A detailed, funny, and insightful look ant life inside the crooked E. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neida | 6/21/2012

    " Great biopic of the death throes of Enron told from the point view of an average employee. Fascinating stuff. Much more interesting than the usual dry, accounting laden books on Enron. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SueAnn | 6/3/2011

    " Very interesting! Reminds me of our current economic situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neida | 12/2/2010

    " Great biopic of the death throes of Enron told from the point view of an average employee. Fascinating stuff. Much more interesting than the usual dry, accounting laden books on Enron. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SueAnn | 9/19/2009

    " Very interesting! Reminds me of our current economic situation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vera | 8/7/2007

    " The minutes by minutes of Enron's colapse from its employee's perspective. "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”