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Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    An excellent history ends with needless political urgings

    The first two thirds of the book are fascinating. They describe the introduction of double entry accounting to Europe and its enormous impact on economic, scientific, artistic, and social thought. The author brings Renaissance merchantile enterprises to life. It was easy to imagine the daily activities and frustrations of a Venetian trader managing his wares and records. The book is lively and engaging and does not dwell on accounting trivia. It is a useful and pleasant history, not a dry litany of technical developments. Yet it does clearly describe what double entry is and how it differs from other recording systems.
    The last third of the book shifts into a liberally slanted critique of double entry for failing to support the entire politically correct agenda. Double entry is seen as inadequtely accounting for the standard package of environmental and social ills that so worries the liberals today. The final third of the book can simply be skipped. Just as the author notes that 15th century bookkeepers lauded God at the top of their ledgers, so must today's intellectuals laud political correctness in their histories.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    As a CPA of 30 years, I found this book very enlightening and in

    As a CPA of 30 years, I found this book very enlightening and informative. The history lessons and information are phenomenal. I appreciate the authors deep research and the way it was tied together to make a very interesting story. The ties to Christian history, Roman Catholic /Arabic tensions, Leonardo DaVinci were all new to me and extremely interesting. I highly recommend this to any CPA or anyone who loves history. The importance of accounting and the reasons we should be proud of our profession are encapsulated in this very interesting read. JimH, Houston, TX

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    Posted November 2, 2012

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