More Than a Numbers Game : A Brief History of Accounting

More Than a Numbers Game : A Brief History of Accounting

Description

The world certainly suffers no shortage of accounting texts. The many out there help readers prepare, audit, interpret and explain corporate financial statements. What has been missing is a book offering context and discussion for divisive issues such as taxes, debt, options, and earnings volatility. King addresses the why of accounting instead of the how, providing practitioners and students with a highly readable history of U.S. corporate accounting. More Than a Numbers Game: A Brief History of Accounting was inspired by Arthur Levitt's landmark 1998 speech delivered at New York University. The Securities and Exchange Commission chairman described the too-little challenged custom of earnings management and presaged the breakdown in the US corporate accounting three years later. Somehow, over a one-hundred year period, accounting morphed from a tool used by American railroad managers to communicate with absent British investors into an enabler of corporate fraud. How this happened makes for a good business story. This book is not another description of accounting scandals. Instead it offers a history of ideas.
Each chapter covers a controversial topic that emerged over the past century. Historical background and discussion of people involved give relevance to concepts discussed. The author shows how economics, finance, law and business customs contributed to accounting's development. Ideas presented come from a career spent working with accounting information.


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Details

Author(s)
Thomas A. King
Format
Hardback | 256 pages
Dimensions
163 x 232 x 22mm | 530g
Publication date
01 Sep 2006
Publisher
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Imprint
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Publication City/Country
Chichester, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
1. Auflage
ISBN10
0470008733
ISBN13
9780470008737
Bestsellers rank
852,837