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MIMI SWARTZ is an executive editor at Texas Monthly and won a National Magazine Award in the public interest category in 1996. She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker and Talk, and has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Esquire. She lives in Houston with her husband and son. SHERRON WATKINS is a former Arthur Andersen accountant who joined Enron in 1993, working for the man who later became CFO, Andy Fastow. She worked in Enron's finance group, its International company, and its Broadband division, before returning to work for Fastow as a vice president in corporate development. As a result of her memos to Ken Lay urging the company to change its accounting practices and restate its earnings, she has become known to the world as the Enron whistleblower. She testified before both the House and the Senate in hearings investigating Enron's business practices in February 2002, and was named along with two others as one of Time magazine's 2002 Persons of the Year. From the Hardcover edition.


Former Enron employee Watkins joins forces with Swartz, executive editor of Texas Monthly, to reveal just how power-hungry and hedonistic Enron's top brass really were. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"A lucid account of the Enron debacle that may be the best informed and best written to date." --Andrew Hill, Financial Times

"A compelling history of Enron . . . offering a savvy interpretation of its subject." --Washington Post Book World

"Paints the most detailed portrait yet of the company's ambitious executives and toxic culture." --Business Week "Colorful, movie-treatment narrative style" --Entertainment Weekly "The book most Enron watchers have been waiting for." --New York Daily News "Reads like Tom Wolfe himself." --Daily Telegraph

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