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WSJ reporters earned this book

The book on Enron's demise by a couple of prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporters in the Los Angeles bureau will be officially released August 5. 24 Days: How Two Wall Street Journal Reporters Uncovered the Lies that Destroyed Faith in Corporate America is by Rebecca Smith and John R. Emshwiller. They shared the 2002 Gerald Loeb Award -- a big deal prize that Smith has won twice before -- for their excellent coverage of the Enron scandal. Smith works for the bureau in the Bay Area, Emshwiller is in L.A.

From the HarperBusiness press release:

Fast-paced and absorbing, 24 Days lets readers follow every twist and turn as Smith and Emshwiller expose an audacious scheme to hide Enron’s failings...

It tells how each new round of questions was met with silence, stonewalling, or exquisitely parsed obfuscation as the $60 billion trading colossus stubbornly denied the existence of a problem, and in return the reporters received sarcasm (longtime Enron chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay referred to Smith as “sneaky” for her persistent questioning), accusations of personal bias, or outright lies.


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