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Bean Counters : Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism - Richard Brooks

Bean Counters

Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism

Paperback Published: 1st May 2019
ISBN: 9781786490315
Number Of Pages: 368

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A compelling, lively expose revealing how the world's accountants are ruining the world for their own benefit.

They helped cause the 2008 financial crash.
They created a global tax avoidance industry.
They lurk behind the scenes at every level of government...


The world's 'Big Four' accountancy firms - PwC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG - have become a gilded elite, with an average partner's salary rivalling that of a Premier League footballer. How has this seemingly humdrum profession achieved this, and what price are we paying for their excesses?

Informed by numerous insider interviews, investigative journalist Richard Brooks charts the profession's rise to global influence and offers a gripping expose of the accountancy industry. This is essential reading for anyone interested in how our economy really works.

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 until 2005, followed by a year at the Treasury giving ministers policy advice.

Industry Reviews

"A timely expose... A comprehensive yet wildly readable indictment of the Big Four accountancy firms."
Sunday Times

"An improbably rollicking history of the accountancy profession... Such a good book... Any MP interested in making the City trustworthy again should take this book on their holidays."
Prospect

"Explosive... a devastating expose"
Mail on Sunday

"Gripping. This is a must-read for anyone who seeks to expose corruption and bad behaviour."
Margaret Hodge MP, former Chair of the Public Accounts Committee

ISBN: 9781786490315
ISBN-10: 1786490315
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st May 2019
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.34

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