The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Sunday, 05 March 2006]

Review: The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron is an exhaustively researched and beautifully written indictment not only of a corrupt company, but also of a business climate that fostered and encouraged such companies.

The unethical, not to mention illegal, financial shenanigans undertaken by Enron and supported by accounting companies and banks are breathtaking in their scope, to the point where if this were a work of fiction instead of reporting, it would stretch suspension of disbelief so far as to be laughable. But unfortunately for all the people robbed of their life savings by Lay, Skilling, Fastow, et al., it is indeed reporting.

The books succeeds admirably in telling the tale of Enron’s rise and fall, and delivers especially well when it comes to painting the human side of the company. The greed and arrogance on display in the book is mind blowing.

The Smartest Guys in the Room is required reading.

« Housekeeping


Enjoy the ten latest posts!

Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice

Impressions moving from an Apple Watch Series 3 to Series 5

Is there reason to upgrade from a 3 to a 5?

Plans are worthless, but planning is everything

Often injustice lies in what you aren’t doing, not only in what you are doing

Die in a ditch

After all these years, Nic still can’t understand the American attitude to healthcare.

The big thieves hang the little ones

Book roundup, part 29

A sci-fi and fantasy heavy installment that includes The Valedictorian of Being Dead, The Mastermind, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Tiamat’s Wrath, The Raven Tower, The Liberation, The Light Brigade and Cryptonomicon.

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable

Book roundup, part 28

Includes The Incomplete Book of Running, Aching God, The Murderbot Diaries, Lies Sleeping, The Consuming Fire, and Rendezvous with Rama.

Las Vegas trip report

Did you know Las Vegas is kind of nutty?