The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations

The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations

by Jacob Soll


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465031528
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 657,990
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jacob Soll is a professor of history and accounting at the University of Southern California. The author of Publishing The Prince and The Information Master, Soll was awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 2011. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 A Short History of Early Accounting, Politics, and Accountability 1

Chapter 2 For God and Profit: The Books According to Saint Matthew 15

Chapter 3 Medici Magnificence: A Cautionary Tale 29

Chapter 4 The Mathematician, the Courtier, and the Emperor of the World 48

Chapter 5 The Dutch Audit 70

Chapter 6 The Accountant and the Sun King 87

Chapter 7 The First Bailout 101

Chapter 8 "Fame and Profit": Counting on the Wedgwood Vase 117

Chapter 9 Big Debts, Big Numbers, and the French Revolution 132

Chapter 10 "The Price of Liberty" 147

Chapter 11 Railroaded 165

Chapter 12 The Dickens Dilemma 178

Chapter 13 Judgment Day 189

Conclusion 205

Acknowledgments 209

Notes 213

Bibliography 241

Index 263

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