By the time the Enron bankruptcy first exploded on the world stage, I had already been keenly following its wheeling, dealing and failed adventures (for e.g. the Dhabol Power project in India) while working in the media industry. On reading this book, alongside others that hit the bookshops following the company's collapse, I am inclined to say this one doesn't cut it for me at all.
From a story telling standpoint, it perhaps deserves 4 stars. However, from an informative standpoint, it fails miserably and comes across as an outside-in account, rather than one written by an insider as the author claims to be. The human factor and allied emotions have been treated with some gusto, but treatment of intricacies or at the very least some of the troubles which beset the company owing to a culture of greed, is very disappointing.
I feel the author, to begin with was not at Enron that long to come across as an authoritative voice of an insider. This book, to me, seems as a rapid-fire attempt by someone who barely had an Enron business card in his pocket, to cash in on the whetted appetite of publishers and curious outsiders about anything to do with the sad events at Enron.
Some of the events which transpired were already in public domain and the author's references to them and linking them up with what happened to him and those around him look suspiciously fictionalised. Regrettably, even the engaging narrative fades out as one proceeds towards the concluding chapters which are littered with uncustomary rants and filled-up with the "self-pity" principle.
If you are looking for an insight into the intricacies surrounding the collapse of Enron, this book won't leave you any wiser. Nor will it help you fathom the true culture of greed embedded in the corporate corridors of the failed giant.