More Than A Numbers Game
A Brief History of AccountingBook - 2006
Somehow, over a one-hundred year period, accounting morphed froma tool used by American railroad managers to communicate withabsent British investors into an enabler of corporate fraud. Howthis happened makes for a good business story. This book is notanother description of accounting scandals. Instead it offers ahistory of ideas.
Each chapter covers a controversial topic that emerged over thepast century. Historical background and discussion of peopleinvolved give relevance to concepts discussed. The author shows howeconomics, finance, law and business customs contributed toaccounting's development. Ideas presented come from a career spentworking with accounting information.