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Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance

by (W. W. Norton & Company)

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"Lively history... Show[s] double entry's role in the creation of the accounting profession, and even of capitalism itself." -- The New Yorker

Filled with colorful characters and history, Double Entry takes us from the ancient origins of accounting in Mesopotamia to the frontiers of modern finance. At the heart of the story is double-entry bookkeeping: the first system that allowed merchants to actually measure the worth of their businesses. Luca Pacioli -- monk, mathematician, alchemist, and friend of Leonardo da Vinci -- incorporated Arabic mathematics to formulate a system that could work across all trades and nations. As Jane Gleeson-White reveals, double-entry accounting was nothing short of revolutionary: it fueled the Renaissance, enabled capitalism to flourish, and created the global economy. John Maynard Keynes would use it to calculate GDP, the measure of a nation's wealth. Yet double-entry accounting has had its failures. With the costs of sudden corporate collapses such as Enron and Lehman Brothers, and its disregard of environmental and human costs, the time may have come to re-create it for the future.

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  • Publication Date: September 24, 2012
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Print Length: 305 Pages
  • File Size: 880 KB

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