Jane Gleeson-White

Author of Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice created modern financeAustralian Classics and Classics. Jane blogs about books at bookishgirl.com.au.

What critics have said about Double Entry

Unknown-2Lively history … Shows double entry’s role in the creation of the accounting profession, and even of capitalism itself. The New Yorker

Entertaining and informative. The Economist

Elegantly written account … charts the epic journey of the humble device that showed how to count the cost of everything, from the Doge’s Palace to the acrobatics of John Maynard Keynes’s General Theory. Nicholas Wapshott, author of Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Unknown-1Modern Economics

The complexities of accounting are lucidly presented … Double Entry provides an accessible introduction to this key development in the history of capitalism. Wall Street Journal

An exciting book about accounting. Before the snickers turn into full blown laughter, we will add that this work of non-fiction is also brilliantly written … The history lesson itself is worth the price of admission.
Stanley Goldstein, The New York Hedge Fund Round Table

A timely, topical, readable, and thought-provoking look at the history and legacy of double-entry bookkeeping. Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed

The book is the first primer to accounting history and its relevance to the modern world that I have ever seen … The messages it contains are clear and unambiguous and all accountants, practising or not, ought to note the tone of invocation for change. Jane Gleeson-White is to be congratulated for presenting us with clarity of appreciation of the issues facing mankind that accounting could do something about. Alan Sangster, Accounting History

Gleeson-White’s small but perfectly formed Double Entry was my unexpected pleasure of the year. Gideon Haigh, The Australian‘s Books of the Year

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