"The Reckoning demonstrates how financial transparency and accounting--essential for capitalism and our global economy--are linked with political transparence and accountability."
"a dazzling book, rigorously researched and demonstrating an extraordinary scholarly range."
—Literary Review (UK)
"Soll's book is chock-full of valuable snippets of information."
"Mr. Soll spices his story with big historical personalities.... [He] earns high marks for brevity...as well as for scholarship."
—Wall Street Journal
"[A] brilliant, deceptively brief book.... Soll pulls off the miracle of making his history not a monolith but a mosaic."
—Los Angeles Review of Books
"A history of accounting may not sound like an exciting read, but Soll spares us the details of double-entry bookkeeping and instead tells a series of engaging stories of well-known historical events.... I'd strongly recommend this book for the fresh insight it brings to familiar historical events, and for its author's ability to find the compelling human stories in the dry world of income statements and balance sheets."
"Who would imagine that a history of accounting and double-entry bookkeeping could be so engaging? Yet in this concise, sharply argued book, Jacob Soll deftly examines and explains the remarkable impact that the practice of accounting has had on the rise--and sometimes the fall--of nation states."
—Jack Rakove, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
"Who knew accounting was so interesting? Jacob Soll does, and in this masterful history of the men and women who have kept, and sometimes cooked, our books, he will convince you, too. The Reckoning does what the best history should: it piques our interest in accounts of the past so that we may better balance our own."—Darrin M. McMahon, author of Divine Fury: A History of Genius
"Every student, teacher and practitioner of business or government should know this history of accounting, from its grounding in theology and philosophy to its central role in the rise of modern commerce, statecraft, and indeed, civilization itself."
—Robert Bloomfield, Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management and Accounting, Cornell University
"Many have long known, or at least suspected, that CPAs rule the world. The proof is here. The Reckoning is a tale of power, empire, art and culture--and of their half-hidden puppetmasters from the Roman Empire to the Gilded Age."—James K. Galbraith, author of The End of Normal
"[F]ascinating.... [A] readable romp through a history of