As you can imagine, we here at Accounting Today receive our fair share of unsolicited books, some of which we readily anticipate for their reference value (i.e. Who Audits America), while others are viewed as the equivalent of an ossified holiday fruit cake.Many of these tomes are accompanied by the requisite form letter asking us to include them in our book review section - or, in our case, the New Products page - and often include not-too-subtle hints that the authors are readily available for interviews. To be honest, my engagement with those responsible for the more complex material wouldn't stray too far from boilerplate questions. Picture Katie Couric trying to make a relevant point to Stephen Hawking and you sort of get my drift.
However, last month, we received several copies of Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life, the poignant memoir penned by the late Eugene O'Kelly, the former head of Big Four firm KPMG, who, after being diagnosed with inoperable brain tumors at the age of 53, made the decision to transform the last days of his life into the best ones.
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