Double Entry

Double Entry

How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance

Book - 2012
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The history and legacy of double-entry bookkeeping.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
Description: 294 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780393088960
0393088960
Branch Call Number: 657.09 Gle

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rmelmeyer Dec 28, 2013

This book seems as though it was an excuse for the author to spend time in Italy doing research. It goes into excessive detail about the lives of most participants from the middle ages. The book does not explain double entry bookkeeping very clearly, in my opinion. There are no figures and the examples are not good. The best chapter relates how Keynes inspired New Deal officials to start keeping good data on the national economy, and how that expanded and spread. The final few chapters are a tiresome sermon on how wrong it is to measure national wealth using figures such as GDP. This book did not pan out as well as I had hoped after listening to the author being interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air program.

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