ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room


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The Film

ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room: Film Web Site
Journey inside the interactive world of ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room, with details about the key players, adapted book and filmmakers.

Jigsaw Productions
Explore the work and career of Alex Gibney, director of ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room and view a video in which Gibney describes infamous Enron “skits.”

National Public Radio: An Inside Look at Enron
Listen to Los Angeles Times and NPR Morning Edition reviewer Kenneth Turan’s review of ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

National Public Radio: Motley Fool Profiles ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Listen to Alex Gibney’s interview with David Garner on NPR’s Motley Fool program.

National Public Radio: Book Tracks Enron's Rise and Fall
Listen to a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon, Bethany McLean, co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room, and the book's editorial director, Joe Nocera of Fortune magazine.

JournalismJobs.com: Interview with Bethany McLean
The Fortune magazine senior writer discusses her 2001 article that broke the Enron story and the subsequent best selling book she co-authored, on which the film is based.

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
By Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind

(Portfolio, 2003)
Fortune reporters McLean and Elkind lay out the events, players and decisions that took the corporate giant down.



PBS.org Frontline: Bigger Than Enron
Read about the accounting, politics and culture of Enron.

Fortune Magazine: Is Enron Overpriced?
Read the 2001 Fortune article that started it all when Bethany McLean pointed out that Enron's financial statements were nearly impenetrable.

The Houston Chronicle: Special Report: The Fall of Enron
Browse complete, up-to-date, in-depth coverage of Enron’s scandalous collapse, with timelines, interactive media and archives dating back to the beginning.

Business Week online: The Enron Scandal
Read Business Week’s comprehensive online coverage of the Enron story.

Forbes.com: Enron Analysts: We Was Duped
Peer inside the Enron bubble to find out how the executives kept the illusion of a prosperous company alive.

BusinessEthics.ca: Enron and Ethics
View a collection of interviews, timelines, videos and correspondences centering on the ethical implications of Enron’s actions.

Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron
By Mimi Swartz and Sherron Watkins

(Doubleday, 2003)
Read inside accounts of Enron’s fall from whistleblower Sharron Watkins and Texas Monthly editor Mimi Schwartz.


California’s Power Crisis

PBS.org Frontline: The California Crisis
Find a collection of resources and articles about the California blackout.

PBS.org Frontline: Interview with Jeff Skilling
Read Jeff Skilling’s explanations of the California power crisis in this Frontline interview from March 28, 2001.

The Sierra Club: Review of Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room
Get the Sierra Club’s perspective on Enron’s role in the California power issue.

CBS News: Enron Traders Caught On Tape
Explore CBS News coverage of Enron’s scheme to inflate energy prices during California's energy crisis of 2000.

The San Francisco Chronicle: Memos Show Makings of Power Crisis
See how the San Francisco Chronicle covered the power crisis from the inside.


Stock Trading

PBS.org NewsHour: Preserving Pensions
Find out why Enron employees lost their 401(k) savings and what the "blackout" period was in which they could not sell any of their shares.

New York Magazine: Analyze This
Read why Wall Street reforms may have succeeded in making stock analysts less corrupt, but not more accurate.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Analyzing Analyst Recommendations
See how the SEC describes the role of research analysts who study publicly traded companies and make recommendations on the securities of those companies.

Wikipedia: Determining Share Prices
See how Wikipedia authors describe the art and science of valuing stocks.


Accounting Practices

Wikipedia: Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Learn the origins of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and how it relates to accounting practices today.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants: The Rise and Fall of Enron
Get an in-depth look at the series of accounting and practices decisions that lead to the Enron collapse.

Forbes.com: While Enron Burned, Wall Street Fiddled
Read one of the early articles questioning Enron’s function, accounting and practices.



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