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Lest they become ghosts Unknown Binding – 1991


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Stephen Dye (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006DHA9A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2000
Format: Paperback
What makes this book special is the fact that Terry Smith actually names names and shows real, recent examples of creative accounting used by many large household names. He explains the effects of the changes in policy clearly and follows this through with examples from the published accounts. Although technical, it is easy to read and presented in a format which allows it to be understood by people from non-technical backgrounds. It is not a 'school' book but I have recommened it as reading for some of my brighter A level students who wish to follow a course in accounting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Charman on 17 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
This was a landmark book that took real guts to publish. It exposed the lies and manipulation of accounts in its time. Smith's employers, the audit firms and the City all tried to trash it. But they failed and it led to changes in accounting standards to address many of the issues it raised. But that did nothing to alter the underlying abuse of company results which is probably even greater today. Company accounts as filed under accounting and market regulations do not represent the true state of a business. They are heavily massaged by management and auditors do little more than wave them through. What Terry Smith really exposed was a systemic lack of integrity and honesty. This remains to this day and new accounting standards and the hopelessly inadequate "Combined Code" of governance deliver about as much resistance to it as a sheet of paper offers to a bullet. So why does this book remain relevant? Because it uses well described and detailed examples to illustrate management thinking that is still very much alive today.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
Terry Smith's book created a huge stir in the accountancy community when it was first publised in 1992. It told everyone what accountants had known for years: how companies manipulate their profits.
In this new edition, Terry Smith updates his earlier work to include and comment on many of the changes in UK accounting regulations since 1992.
Although the book is billed as a laymans guide to accountancy, I was very glad to be a trained accountant when reading it: you will have difficulty if you have no knowledge of how company accounts work. Having said that, it is not a technical book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
A useful book for any investor. Provides an shocking picture of the worst effects of creative accounting.
However, do bear in mind that there are a few things outdated now by new FRS standards.
An updated edition please!
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