Behind the boring image, the world's accountants are running the world for their own benefit.
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 expose 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.
From underpinning global tax avoidance to corrupting world football, Beancounters reveals how the accountants use their central role in the economy to sell management consultancy services that send billions in other work its way - transforming the industry from one that ensures financial probity to one that reinvents the rules for its own benefit.
About the Author
Richard Brooks is a British investigative journalist for Private Eye, and author of several books. Brooks worked for the British government as an HMRC tax inspector for until 2005, followed by a year at the Treasury giving ministers policy advice.
Richard Brooks is a digger and a troublemaker who niggles away at difficult subjects in a meticulous, punchy and highly effective way * Alan Rusbridger - Former Editor, The Guardian *
Excellent... Brooks is particularly good at showing why we should be angered by all of this... Let's hope this fine book helps redress the balance * Independent on Sunday on The Great Tax Robbery *
Fascinating... not only does [Brooks] have a near-encyclopedic knowledge, he also has an ear for resonant detail * Financial Times on The Great Tax Robbery *
Important... Brooks demonstrates that financial amorality is endemic among Britain's elite * The Times on The Great Tax Robbery *
This year's indispensable book * Nick Cohen, Observer on The Great Tax Robbery *