Bethany McLean’s Weekend Reading List: Walmart, Opioids, Oil Prices (and Coronavirus)

Bethany McLean
Bethany McLean
Bethany McLean is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, a columnist for Yahoo Finance, and a contributor to CNBC. Her 2001 Fortune piece, “Is Enron Overpriced?,” was one of the first skeptical articles about the company. After Enron collapsed into bankruptcy, she co-authored (with Peter Elkind) The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. A documentary based on the book was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006. She is also the author of All the Devils Are Here (with Joe Nocera), Shaky Ground, and Saudi America. She hosts the Podcast "Making a Killing" on Luminary

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Oh my goodness, say it isn’t so: An excellent and important story that is NOT, I repeat NOT about the coronavirus. The cynic in me suspects that with the $2 trillion relief bill, there are going to be plenty more stories about the wonders that political influence can buy.

There’s also this, which is not coronavirus specific. But the pandemic certainly accelerated a massive change that was already underway. If oil was destiny, no longer.

While we’re on the subject of the relief bill (sort of!). Talk about “ever-expanding debt accumulation.”

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