Bethany McLean’s Weekend Reading List: Fracking, Private Equity, and Hospitals

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. Along with Luigi Zingales, she co-hosts the Podcast Capitalisn't.

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From the wonderful Barry Ritholtz. Can we do better? Well, we must

I’ve long been a skeptic of fracking, but the human cost of the meltdown is high and it couldn’t come at a worse time.

I somehow missed this excellent piece, but I have been wondering about the role private equity has played in our healthcare system.

Bonus! Expect the unexpected! Aka welcome, Elon Musk:

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