In this commanding big-picture analysis of what went wrong in
corporate America, Alex Berenson, a top financial investigative
reporter for The New York Times, examines the common thread
connecting Enron, Worldcom, Halliburton, Computer Associates, Tyco,
and other recent corporate scandals: the cult of the number.
Every three months, 14,000 publicly traded companies report sales
and profits to their shareholders. Nothing is more important in