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Bethany McLean is an editor at large at Vanity Fair and a business columnist at Slate. She is the co-author, with New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera, of All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis, a Times best-seller which traces the origins of the Great Recession back several decades.
McLean worked at Goldman Sachs for three years as an analyst in the investment banking division before joining Fortune in 1995. While at Fortune, where she’d eventually become an editor-at-large, McLean wrote an article for the magazine in 2001 that raised questions about the profitability of Enron, then a darling of the stockmarket. In 2003 she co-wrote a book about the scandal that led to the energy company’s collapse, The Smartest Guys in the Room. It was developed into an Oscar-nominated documentary in 2005 and was a Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle selection in 2004.
McLean has appeared on “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and several PBS programs. She graduated from Williams with a double major in math and English.