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The Number: How America's Balance Sheet Lies Rocked the World's Financial Markets Paperback – 4 May 2004

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (4 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743468090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743468091
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 20 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,315,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alex Berenson, a whip-smart "New York Times" business reporter, is [a] wisecracking play-by-play commentator. In The Number, he offers a compelling account of how many large-number corporations went astray in the late 1990s. . . . Berenson knows this material cold, and he has a way with a phrase." --"The Washington Post" "Berenson's book is about far more than one financial concept or dictionary definition. It is a well-written, informative, fact-filled review of how we got into this mess. More, it's the sort of book those of us who plan to be around the financial-services industry for a long time can take down from our bookshelves years from now, during the next bubble, and say to the younger folks, 'Let me tell you something, this has happened before.'" --"The Mercury News" "If you're still trying to get a handle on what happened in the stock market for the last five years, [The Number] serves as a concise and readablecrash course." --"The New York Times Book Review"

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Alex Berenson is a financial reporter for THE NEW YORK TIMES and one of America's leading investigative journalists. Long before the Enron and Worldcom scandals hit the headlines he had been exposing the practice of fraudulent accounting and has been named on three occassions as one of the top business reporters under 30 years old.

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A very interesting book warning about investing in the sharemarket due to companies "massaging" results in order to meey analyst's expectations. I am looking forward to an update to cover the excesses of 2007/2008 and the resultant company collapses.
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