Item description for The Whole Truth, So Help Me God: An Enlightened Testimony from Inside ENRON'S Executive Offices by Cindy Kay Olson...
In her new tell-all book, The Whole Truth, So Help Me God, Cindy Olson, a twenty-three year Enron employee and the first Enron executive to testify in front of both the United States Senate and House, sheds new light on the countless half-truths purveyed by the media and the justice system. As a protege and confidant of the vilified Ken Lay, Olson reveals what kind of person he was behind closed doors. As a member of Enron's 401(k) administrative committee, Olson reveals the tenuous conversations and dubious actions that transpired during the company's plight.
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Studio: Tate Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.2" Height: 1" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Aug 19, 2008
Publisher Tate Publishing
ISBN 1602479054 ISBN13 9781602479050
Reviews - What do customers think about The Whole Truth...So Help Me God?
Fabulous and meaningful Nov 20, 2008
This is a fabulous book. It touches the heart of anyone who worked their way up a large corporation but it is especially meaningful for women executives. It is much more than a book about Enron, it is a book about personal growth, loyalty and faith. The book is very interesting. I picked up the book and did not put it down until I finished it. I had the privilege of working as a consultant for Cindy Olson many years ago. She is bright, hard-working and a great person. Any corporation would be lucky to have her as an employee and leader. I encourage any person in corporate America to buy this book!
You haven't heard the TRUTH...until now! Sep 18, 2008
WE ALL HEARD WHAT THE MEDIA HAD TO SAY ABOUT ENRON'S FALL. WHAT WE HAVEN'T HEARD IS THE TRUTH...UNTIL NOW. NO MATTER WHAT YOU'VE HEARD, READ OR SEEN, UP TO THIS POINT...IT WON'T COMPARE TO WHAT YOU WILL READ IN "THE WHOLE TRUTH, SO HELP ME GOD."
I KNEW CINDY BEFORE HER ENRON DAYS. IN FACT, WE'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER SINCE WE WERE 18 YEARS OLD. I'VE ALWAYS KNOWN HER TO BE A WOMAN OF HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND VIRTUE. SHE LOVED ENRON AND RESPECTED KEN LAY. SHE WAS A WOMAN FILLED WITH PASSION AND ON A MISSION TO HELP MAKE ENRON ONE OF THE BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR. SHE LITERALLY MADE IT HER LIFE'S WORK, PUTTING HER CAREER WITH ENRON BEFORE EVERYTHING ELSE.
THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS THE "TRUTH" BEHIND ENRON'S FALL. IT IS ALSO A GREAT TESTIMONY TO HOW A TRAGEDY LIKE THIS CAN MAKE YOU REALIZE WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT IN LIFE. CINDY HAS COME FULL CIRCLE AND BACK TO THE ROOTS OF HER FAITH...PUTTING GOD FIRST, FAMILY SECOND AND CAREER THIRD.
A good insiders view of Enron Sep 15, 2008
I worked at Enron for eight years and it was far and away the most exciting organization that I ever worked for. This book is the first one to capture the true passion and excitement at Enron. The company was clearly an innovator because in so many ways they left individuals alone to get the job done - and all things being equal its culture far preferred changing the status quo to doing things the same old way.
Cindy's book tells of this spirit and I am pleased she went to the trouble to get her history and experiences down in print. After the downfall, most of the former executives avoided the media like the plague. They were either too busy fighting off Federal prosecutors or keeping their heads down so they could avoid the dreaded phone calls from the FBI. Keep in mind that successfully defending oneself once you were in the sights of the federal prosecutors usually cost at a minimum $500,000 and in the more protracted cases it cost millions of dollars. The legal exposure was enough to ruin the financial future of most families and strong incentive to keep a low profile.
Cindy brings out the human side of the rise and fall of Enron but in a way that is both realistic and fair. Plus her long history at the company gave her a unique perspective that is well worth reading.
I strongly recommend The Whole Truth!
God doesn't inspire bad behaviors Sep 10, 2008
I read the book with fascination as I came to meet the writer for the first time at a Trade Show in Las Vegas in 2007 and then to work together for some months on a common project.
She is a lovely, pretty Lady with a fascinating smile and a very tenacious and energetic way of doing business. I do understand why she was so successful in her career ladder not only at Enron but also where she had worked before.
She tells her vision of the truth and I think that she has been honest with herself and the readers. The true factors that brought Enron down are not clear, though she does point the finger to specific sectors of activity and officers, as she doesn't detail the fraudulent operations that were carried out - or at least they are not clear to me - and have cost the imprisonment of some of the Top Banana managers.
Surely she wanted to free herself of the burden of what she knew and share it with the readers, to tell the truth as she had witnessed and perceived it and not like the media or politicians have depicted it. She also wanted to pay respect to a person that has been her mentor, friend and CEO and in doing so I think she has been frank and sincere.
For her glorious years as a Top Manager she has afterward experienced agonizing long years of pain and nervous distress. Also the fortune accumulated dimmed a lot, for when troubles and bad luck start they normally don't stop immediately. She didn't commit suicide nor she became an alcoholic or a drug addicted and eventually her bad luck arrived to an end when for a casual encounter she was inspired by a preacher and found her (lost?) faith in God.
I object here with her that God wasn't testing her in the rampant years of her climbing the carrier ladder, she says herself that she behaved like a ruthless bitch toward her subordinate workers, that she was selfish and attracted by the power of the money ...and how can God appreciate or justify such dark behaviors?...in all those years she was surely inspired by Satan, that she never mentions in the book. Money, power, selfishness and bad behavior toward fellowmen are not God's inspiration, on the contrary are all iceberg peaks of the evil world.
I think that it is worthy to read the book, not only to have a different point of view of what happened at Enron, whose bankruptcy affected so many and dramatically disrupted the life of all of its employees, from the top to the very bottom of the ladder, but also to come to know the life experience of a woman who went harshly under the Congress and Media spots and that has been able to survive and overcome the impact of apparently insurmountable difficulties. Last, her recovery or first true discovery of the Faith in God can be a help to anyone for the magic that Faith, with capital F, can perform on human beings.
Oriano Petrucci Lafayette, La September 10, 2008
Inside View Of Enron Culture Sep 10, 2008
I am a former Enron employee and found this book a very realistic and refreshing look at the Enron that has NOT been reported in the media since the bankruptcy. I feel Ms. Olson has given a very honest and insight look into her experiences at Enron. In all the press about the Enron bankruptcy it is easy to forget that Enron, like any organization, is nothing more than the sum of the individuals that work there. And at Enron, like any organization, some of those people DO NOT act in the best interest of the employees, the share holders or the community. At the heart of this book is the story of people at Enron who did put those things first. Ms. Olson shares candidly what her experiences at Enron (good and bad) were as well as the impact Enron has had on her personal life before and after the bankruptcy. I think the reader will get a realistic inside view of the culture at Enron and the impact the bankruptcy has had on Ms. Olson's and surely other former employees lives.
It is easy to remember the videos of the people filing out of the Enron building the day after Enron declared bankruptcy and easy to see the pain on the people's faces. What has not been told in all the media surrounding Enron is how that shock has forced many former Enron employees (Ms. Olson and myself included) to re-examine the priorities in their lives and re-order where our jobs fit into the rest of our lives - this book does.