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