What with the Enron trial going on, we decided it was a good time to rent The Smartest Guys in the Room. It was a good idea. I had a decent, well, foggy idea of the particulars, but this movie helps to put a human face on it. That's important because understanding this case isn't really isn't about the numbers and the accounting fraud, it's about knowing the people involved and getting a feel for what it takes for someone to pull the kind of crap that these guys as a matter of regular business, day in and day out.
In the trial, it's going to be hard to prove what exactly Skilling and Lay knew, but watching this movie, you get a pretty good idea. By the time it was over, I was tempted to take all of my retirement out of the stock market and put it in, I dunno, paintings or something.