Tales of terrorWhen you examine them closely, most of the fairy tales we tell children are pretty terrifying - a fact that would be worth remembering as you dip into Business Fairy Tales. There are no happy-ever-afters here, as the book chronicles a long string of accounting scandals, from Sunbeam and Cendant to WorldCom and, of course, Enron. The "fairy tales" of the title are the companies' financial reporting, which is described in what reads like a series of horror stories. The Grimm-style moral is obvious, but author Cecil W. Jackson goes further, equipping the reader with the skills to spot the 20 most common forms of corporate impropriety, and hopefully avoid this kind of nightmare in the future.
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