AICPA on audit riskEverything, it seems, is up in the air these days, with a flood of new regulations and standards coming out every day, such as a recent number of new Statements on Auditing Standards issued by the Auditing Standards Board on assessing audit risk. To help you keep on top of the new standards, the American Institute of CPAs has issued the comprehensive Audit Risk Alert - Understanding the New Auditing Standards Related to Risk Assessment. The institute also has a new self-study CPE course to go along with it.

Price: Members - $29; nonmembers - $36.25.


'Earnings Magic'

Here businesses have gone to all this trouble to make their financial statements look good, and Earnings Magic and the Unbalance Sheet comes along to spoil everything. Author Gary Giroux, an accounting professor, offers insights and state-of-the-art analytical tools to help investors, analysts and accountants figure out what a company's financials really mean, and whether it's in good health. Looks like management will have to invent a whole new set of smoke and mirrors ... .

Price: $39.95.

John Wiley & Sons

(800) 225-5945

'Suite Success'

Donald Trump likes Suite Success, which ought to be enough for anyone. If it isn't, consider that author Liza Siegel is the consulting psychologist to The Donald's The Apprentice, where one of her jobs was escorting the losers out of the boardroom.

But rather than dishing on the losers, Suite Success focuses on what the winners have in common. Her conclusion? Six positive characteristics - optimism, creativity, resilience, self-control, emotional awareness and sociability - are what separate the winners from the unemployed. Turns out that there is still some power in positive thinking.

Price: $19.95.


(212) 903-8316

Give us our money!

Contributing to a 401(k) is pretty easy - they take it out of your paycheck. IRA contributions require a little more effort, but it still pales in comparison to the difficulty of getting your money out when you need it. The rules, regulations, requirements and penalties can really pile up, which is why IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans: Taking Your Money Out is an invaluable reference both for those nearing retirement, and for the accountants and financial planners who have to explain it all to them. Now in its seventh edition, the book offers pre- and post-retirement tax strategies, early-withdrawal penalties, distributions and all the other niggling details that make retirement so restful.

Price: $34.99.


(510) 548-5902

Bibles v. Buddhas

A U.S. hotel may have Gideon Bibles on its nightstands, while a Japanese hotel may have the teachings of the Buddha - but both face the same financial and management issues. Accounting and Financial Management: Developments in the International Hospitality

Industry looks at the latest research and discoveries affecting hotels and similar businesses. It discusses hospitality benchmarking and performance measurement, room pricing and customer profitability analysis, restaurant accounting systems, hotel asset management and more. Whatever the guests are reading, the managers should be reading this.

Price: $54.95.

Butterworth-Heineman (Elsevier)

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