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Accountants' Truth: Knowledge and Ethics in the Financial World
October 31 2012
About the Author - Matthew Gill holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the London School of Economics where he studied with Richard Sennett. He currently works in prudential policy at the Financial Services Authority. He was previously an Andrew W Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in Saint Louis, in an interdisciplinary program which seeks to connect the humanities and the social sciences. After reading English at King's College London, he became a chartered accountant and worked for four years at PricewaterhouseCoopers' London office, where his most recent role was to help businesses in financial difficulty. His experience of these two very different worlds motivated him to write this book.
About the Book - Accounting is the language of business, increasingly standardized across the world through powerful global corporations: a technical skill used to reach the correct, unquestionable answer. Yet, as recent corporate scandals have shown, a whole range of financial professionals (auditors, bankers, analysts, company directors) can collectively fail to question dubious actions. How can this be possible?