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The accountant's guide to the universe 1 edition

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The accountant's guide to the universe
heaven and hell by the numbers
1st ed.
Craig Hovey

Published 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

This is an entertaining book on accounting written for a general audience. It opens with a wild premise: Heaven and Hell have been outsourced to a giant company in a distant galaxy and they are now in charge of determining who goes where after death. The entire universe is scoured for an objective system that can be adapted to the task, and it is found, in the form of accounting, in the least civilized backwater of the universe, Earth! The book is also a morality tale. It demonstrates how financial scandals (a la Bernie Madoff and many others) can be pulled off with "creative accounting," and how much a person adds or subtracts from the universe by their actions. Written for anybody who has taken an accounting class, practices it for a living, or is simply interested in seeing how a system designed to record finances can also be used to judge the entire universe will be enlightened by this book.

Table of Contents

The outsourcing of heaven and hell
Forbidden fruit
Mankind's one giant leap
The first sprouting
From follicle to forest
From pellet to perfection
Hair on fire
Into the shark tank
The perils of profit
For whom the toupee tolls
When a picture fakes a story
Vacation plans
A flounder in paradise
To fall without grace
A rueful reunion
The eternally challenged
Exercise of a lifetime
Closing time
Passage of the prodigal son.


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HF5636 .H68 2010

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viii, 161 p. ;
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