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COVER STORY Federal Government should abolish Renewable Energy Certificates

ENERGY BP annual Review shows consumption, production up

CANBERRA OBSERVED NSW Labor caught in Panda's paws doing 'whatever it takes'

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM Religious discrimination bill: A litany of questions

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Boris' brinkmanship shakes up Britain, EU

WATER POLICY Angry farmers protest over Murray-Darling Basin Plan ... again

TECHNOLOGY Are we the dumbest devices in the room?

HISTORY AND POLITICS Lord Acton, nationalism and multiculturalism, Part 2

LITERATURE D.H. Lawrence: The Modernist in exile

MUSIC Dialectical transcendence

CINEMA The Farewell: Elegant and bittersweet

BOOK REVIEW Owning up to market imperfections

BOOK REVIEW Heroism and faith under tyranny

BOOK REVIEW The love that comes after love is gone

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BEAN COUNTERS:
The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism

Richard Brooks

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Behind the boring image, the world’s accountants are running the world for their own benefit.

The world’s “Big Four” 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.

About the author

Richard Brooks is a British investigative journalist for Private Eye, and author of several books. Brooks worked for the British government as an HMRC tax inspector until 2005, followed by a year at the Treasury giving ministers policy advice.


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