on 29 May 2014
I have to declare an interest as Chris Nobes is a colleague. It's about time that OUP's series "A Very Short Introduction" reached accounting. This book shows that accounting is much more than a dry and technical subject. Chris gets into the historical development of accounting, discusses how accounts can be manipulated, and shows the main uses of accounting for managing organisations and providing information to stakeholders. The book would be a useful read for people considering studying accounting, and also for investors who don't know how to make sense of company accounts.
on 31 July 2014
This is a very clear and comprehensible introduction to a subject which has its own share of mystique. The author deals well with the key elements, notably double-entry book-keeping. There is an emphasis on financial accounting, apparently the author's own area of expertise, and the approach is based almost entirely on commercial companies, so other types of organisation (i.e those using income and expenditure rather than profit and loss) do not get much of a look in. Still, a good addition to this series, and recommended.