More Than a Numbers Game: A Brief History of Accounting

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More Than a Numbers Game: A Brief History of Accounting

Format:  Hardcover,

242 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Sep 2006

ISBN-13: 9780470008737

ISBN-10: 0470008733

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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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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Sep 2006
ISBN-13: 9780470008737
ISBN-10: 0470008733
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 242
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.97
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.4 x 0.91 x 9.12

Chapter outline

Preface
List of Figure and Tables
Double-Entry
Railroads
Taxes
Costs
Disclosure
Standards
Science
Inflation
Volatility
Intangibles
Debt
Options
Earnings
SOX
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

Book 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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