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Table of Contents:VOL. 158, NO. 6 - September 29, 2008
Cover Story
Paulson to the rescue
Paulson to the rescue
The Treasury chief is betting billions on bailouts. Can he save us from a meltdown? By Marc Gunther 
Putting lipstick on a pig
Wall Street suffered from the illusion that it could make beautiful bonds out of piles of dubious mortgages. By Elizabeth Spiers 
The Lehman lesson
What went wrong with the stories investment-banking firm is a warning for all of Wall Street. By Allan Sloan and Roddy Boyd 
Money never sleeps
Inside the life of a night trader. Photographs by Benjamin Lowy. Text by Leigh Gallagher 
Special Report: The Art of Selling
Legends of sales
Bizarre and daring feats of salesmanship. 
How to sell in a lousy economy
Despite a spate of negative economic indicators, these salespeople haven't missed a step. Here's how top performers at GE, Google, PepsiCo, and more are thriving during the downturn. By Jia Lynn Yang 
Sales slip-ups
The top ten mistakes salespeople make. 
IBM's all-star
Big Blue's go-to guy in India is out to sell you on a very big idea. By Jessi Hempel 
The mind of a modern salesperson
Fortune asked 305 sales professionals about the state of the art in 2008. 
Shelf help
Eight books that belong in everyone's briefcase. By Jia Lynn Yang 
Fearless at 50
50 Cent and bestselling author Robert Greene tackle the business world in a new book. By Shannon Fitzgerald 
Can the Bank of New York get a fair trial in Moscow?
A U.S. bank must make its case in a court experts say favors the Kremlin. By Roger Parloff 
The Colvin Interview
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. 
California's hedge fund king
Farallon's Thomas Steyer is a self-made billionaire and an unreconstructed liberal. By Adam Lashinsky 
Home Depot's total rehab
CEO Frank Blake thinks an army of orange aprons will save the day. A Fortune 500 Series special report. By Jennifer Reingold 
Field study: The evolution of work
Xerox ethnographers study how to get diverse and far-flung teams to come together. By Jenny Mero 
Winemaking for fun and profit
A tour of California wine country, the type-A rich person's second-career heaven. By Jeffrey O'Brien 
Fortune's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies
Six stocks to buy now
Our picks for 2008 are trading 31% to 58% off their recent highs. By Jon Birger 
The class of '08
This year's list of America's supercharged performers. 
The prophet of $500 oil
If Matt Simmons is right, the recent drop in crude prices is an illusion. By Biran O'Keefe 
Election economy
Masks of the candidates will scare up $15 million this Halloween. By Scott Cendrowski 
Question Authority
Damien Hirst, the bad boy of high art. By Eugenia Levenson 
The Deal
Fannie, Freddie, Ben, and Alan. By Allan Sloan 
Road-test rivals vs. 'Consumer Reports'. By Alex Taylor III 
Value Driven
Recession ... or not? By Geoff Colvin 
Making saving sexy. By Suzanne Kapner 
Power Play
Neither candidate knows what's about to him him. By Nina Easton 
The best advice I ever got
Disney's Anne Sweeney. 
Goldman's commodities queen
Does Isabelle Ealet have the toughest job on Wall Street? By Telis Demos 
MySpace takes on iTunes
MySpace takes on iTunes
Coming soon to MySpace: just about any music, for nothing. By Devin Leonard 
Questions for ...
MySpace co-creator Chris DeWolfe. With Devin Leonard 
On the Net, the whole world knows your dog's name
How to secure security questions. By Michael V. Copeland 
Everyone hates ComScore
As the de facto measuring authority of online audiences, tiny ComScore punches above its weight - and earns some serious coin. By Jessi Hempel 
Hottest tech job?
Wildlife biologists are in demand as solar plants are built where protected species live. By Todd Woody 
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