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A plea for accountants to become boring again

Richard Brooks argues in "Bean Counters" that accountants have lost track of what they’re supposed to be doing

By Oliver Bullough   July 2018

There is an irony at the heart of Private Eye journalist Richard Brooks’s improbably rollicking history of the accountancy profession. At its heart this is a plea for accountants to become boring again, and yet if accountancy was as boring as Brooks wants it to be, he could never have written such a good book about it.

Brooks traces accountancy from its birth during the Renaissance, through its Scottish adolescence, but the book really takes wing when it reaches…

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