Bean counters : the triumph of the accountants and how they broke capitalism / Richard Brooks.
- London : Atlantic Books, 2018.
x, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Accounting firms.
International business enterprises.
- The world's 'Big 4' accountancy firms - PwC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG - have become a gilded elite. Up in the high six figures, an average partner salary rivals that of a premier league footballer. But how has the seemingly humdrum profession of accountancy got to this level? And what is the price we pay for their triumph? Leading investigative journalist and former senior tax inspector Richard Brooks offers a ground-breaking exposé of the accountancy industry and its secret rise to vast global influence. Charting the profession's history from humble agrarian beginnings to its underappreciated role in the financial crash of 2008, Brooks explores how the industry hides behind its 'boring' image to ruthlessly exploit the financial system which depends on it.
- Prologue: Meet the bean counters
Part one: From the Tigris to Wall Street: a noble profession's ignoble history (1. Merchants and mayhem ; 2. Full steam ahead ; 3. Accountancy goes wrong ; 4. Trust me, I'm a consultant ; 5. Free for all ; 6. Crash!)
Part two: False prophets: the price we pay for the failure of the bean counters (7. Duty free ; 8. Great Britain, LLP ; 9. Crime and very little punishment ; 10. Far from home ; 11. Unreformed and unrepentant)
Conclusion: What can be done?
Appendix: The big four family trees.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 296-323) and index.
9781786490308 (ePub ebook)
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