Unaccountable: How the Accounting Profession Forfeited a Public Trust / Edition 1 by Mike Brewster | 9780471423621 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Unaccountable: How the Accounting Profession Forfeited a Public Trust / Edition 1

Unaccountable: How the Accounting Profession Forfeited a Public Trust / Edition 1

by Mike Brewster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471423629

ISBN-13: 9780471423621

Pub. Date: 04/04/2003

Publisher: Wiley

For thousands of years, those who controlled and monitored society's finances-accountants-were often the most powerful, respected, and influential members of the community. From the collectors at communal granaries in the ancient Middle East to the scribes who monitored Queen Victoria's Exchequer, the accountant's role has been to preserve the integrity of

Overview

For thousands of years, those who controlled and monitored society's finances-accountants-were often the most powerful, respected, and influential members of the community. From the collectors at communal granaries in the ancient Middle East to the scribes who monitored Queen Victoria's Exchequer, the accountant's role has been to preserve the integrity of financial systems.

In the United States, twentieth-century accountants played a vital role in shaping the transparency of U.S. capital markets, counseling the Allies on financial matters in both world wars, advising Congress on the creation of the federal income tax, and inventing the concept of the gross national product.

Yet by 2003, the reputation of the public accountant was in tatters. How did the accounting profession in America squander its legacy of public service? What happened to the accountants that presidents, senators, and captains of industry turned to for advice? Why did auditors stop looking for fraud? How did this once revered profession find itself in this unlikely and humiliating state?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471423621
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/04/2003
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

My Introduction to Accounting 1

CHAPTER 1

The First Accountants 21

CHAPTER 2

The Birth of an American Profession 41

CHAPTER 3

Accountants Earn a Public Trust 67

CHAPTER 4

The Quest for Growth 99

CHAPTER 5

Cracks in the Facade 123

CHAPTER 6

The End of the Audit 159

CHAPTER 7

The Fight of His Life 187

CHAPTER 8

Enron and the Fall of Andersen 225

CHAPTER 9

Accounting 101 255

CHAPTER 10

The Future of Accounting 281

Notes 299

Bibliography 315

Index 317

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