The Big Six

The Big Six

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Stevens, Mark Simon & Schuster, 1991
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An exposé of the behind-the-scenes machinations, scandals, and power plays of The Big Six accounting firms. The subversion of their professionalism as they rose to prominence and success is the unifying theme in the case histories that recall the multimillion-dollar Best fraud, the collapse of the Beverly Hills Savings & Loan, the destructive battles of Arthur Andersen, and the secret negotiations behind the megamergers of Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young. Also, Stevens addresses the issue of the average person in relation to large accounting firms. As more and more Americans seek to "invest" in more than a savings account and a family home, and as an increasing number of "nonprofessionals" enter into the business world through entrepreneurship, all segments of society are being directly affected by the dealings of the financial world. The Big Six provides an invaluable service for the lay person as well as the professional.