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Introduction to Government and Non-For-Profit Accounting
Joseph R. Razek
0130464147
Feb 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Covering the essentials of fund accounting, this flexible book introduces the reader to the basic accounting principles at work in both governmental and not-for-profit organizations. This brief book divides most of the chapters into independent sections, which may be covered as separate units. Now includes a print update on GASB 34, packaged with the volume. Topics addressed include government and not-for-profit environments and characteristics, the use of funds in governmental accounting, the budgetary process, special revenue funds, debt service funds and capital projects funds, proprietary and fiduciary funds, general reporting principles, government-wide financial statements, fundamentals of accounting and reporting and analysis of financial statements and financial condition. For Accountants and Auditors...


Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
Michael R. Gordon
0375422625
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
On one level, narrator Wasson's mostly neutral delivery is apt. The authors' dispassionate prose imparts their impeccably researched story of the 2003 Iraq invasion—from concept to insurgency. Sourced at the highest levels, Cobra II captures the fog of war and war planning. But Wasson's read too often feels routine, as if recounting a local board meeting. Because he renders the numerous players and backdrops with equal tones, differentiating between them can be a challenge. This style of narration creates an anti-tension when juxtaposed with the book's revelations that an invasion plan was being formed not long after September 11, despite administration denials. Strictly supervising the plan was defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who was intent on transforming the military into a lighter, leaner force....


Rethinking Public Accounting
S. K. Das
0195678990
May 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This study argues for reform in India's accounting system that can help set performance standards and provide reliable information in order to monitor government expenditure. While analyzing lessons learned from other countries, it offers a prescriptive policy and a stage by stage
recommendation of the advantages of accrual accounting.


Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam
H. R. McMaster
0060929081
January 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
For years the popular myth surrounding the Vietnam War was that the Joint Chiefs of Staff knew what it would take to win but were consistently thwarted or ignored by the politicians in power. Now H. R. McMaster shatters this and other misconceptions about the military and Vietnam in Dereliction of Duty. Himself a West Point graduate, McMaster painstakingly waded through every memo and report concerning Vietnam from every meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to build a comprehensive picture of a house divided against itself: a president and his coterie of advisors obsessed with keeping Vietnam from becoming a political issue versus the Joint Chiefs themselves, mired in interservice rivalries and unable to reach any unified goals or conclusions about the country's conduct in the war. McMaster stresses two elements in his...


Core Concepts of Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting
Michael H. Granof
0471218537
Nov 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Michael Granof and Penelope Wardlow's new text offers concise, accessible, and highly flexible coverage of the core concepts, practices, and principles of government and not-for-profit accounting. Based on Granof's highly successful GOVERNMENT AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT ACCOUNTING,2/E , this new text identifies the key issues and unique features of government and not-for-profit accounting, and explores the reasons for current accounting standards, including the new financial reporting model for governments (GASB Statement No. 34). The text also explores related financial management issues, sets forth the strengths and limitations of financial reports, and discusses how financial statements may be interpreted and used by a variety of interested parties, such as future managers, bond analysts, and members of...


The Case for Goliath: How America Acts as the World's Government in the Twenty-First Century
Michael Mandelbaum
1586483609
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
As this strained defense of American power acknowledges, America's international hegemony lacks the conventional hallmarks of government, like a monopoly of force, the power to tax and legislate, and the explicit consent of the governed. But it does, the author contends, furnish "public goods" to "free riders" in an ungrateful world that likes to gripe about American domination while tacitly welcoming it. U.S. troops abroad act as a "public health service" forestalling outbreaks of war and nuclear proliferation, and as a "pest control service" against rogue regimes. America safeguards the world's oil supply, like a public energy utility. The dollar is the world's reserve currency, and Washington organizes bailouts of bankrupt countries and promotes free trade, benefiting all. Even the huge U.S. trade deficits are...


Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting
Michael H. Granof
047123009X
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Revised and updated, Granof’s Third Edition incorporates the latest GASB pronouncements and takes a fresh look at the unique features of governmental and not-for-profit accounting. This text will help you develop a firm grasp of the theory underlying current practice, so you can quickly acquire the skills required of professional accountants and auditors. Throughout, the emphasis is on the significance of reported information and how to interpret and analyze accounting information.

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons
Unlike other government and not-for-profit (NFP) books, this one is directed at potential users rather than preparers of financial reports. It demonstrates the significance of reported information and shows users (managers, investors, taxpayers,...


Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Noam Chomsky
0805079122
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Forget Iraq and Sudan--America is the foremost failed state, argues the latest polemic from America's most controversial Left intellectual. Chomsky (Imperial Ambitions) contends the U.S. government wallows in lawless military aggression (the Iraq war is merely the latest example); ignores public opinion on everything from global warming to social spending and foreign policy; and jeopardizes domestic security by under-funding homeland defense in favor of tax cuts for the rich and by provoking hatred and instability abroad that may lead to terrorist blowback or nuclear conflict. Ranging haphazardly from the Seminole War forward, Chomsky's jeremiad views American interventionism as a pageant of imperialist power-plays motivated by crass business interests. Disdaining euphemisms, he denounces...


The History of the Financial Control Function of Local Government Accounting in the United Kingdom
Rowan Jones
0815306865
Mar 1992
Hardcover
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Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander
Gary Berntsen
0307237400
December 2005
Hardcover
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
The U.S. campaign in Afghanistan against the Taliban and al Qaeda will certainly go down in history as a brilliantly executed military victory in an entirely new age of warfare. But its glory was a bit marred, just as in Operation Desert Storm, by the failure to kill or capture Dr. Evil. Despite a huge and costly effort by the media, the public still has an incomplete picture of what really happened during the first post-9/11 war and of how Osama bin Laden survived it. While not intended to be a comprehensive history of the campaign, Gary Berntsen's Jawbreaker provides a valuable new account by a major participant that fills in many blanks. Berntsen was a top CIA field commander in the most critical sector of a new kind of war. What made the Afghan campaign a landmark in U.S....


Organisational Learning and Management Accounting Systems
Louise Kloot
0868407135
July 1999
Paperback
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Many Children Left behind: How the No Child Left behind Act Is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools
Deborah Meier (Editor)
0807004596
September 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this slim but impassioned manifesto, the founding members of an education think tank argue that the controversial and underfunded No Child Left Behind Act, as currently implemented, is "more likely to undermine…the nation's public education system than to improve it." The first section delineates the "baffling" and unfortunate consequences (e.g., cutting kindergarten nap time and middle school recess) of needing more time to prepare for mandated high-stakes tests. The second section looks outside the classroom at gaps in school spending, public involvement (participation on school boards has dropped from one citizen in 500 to one in 20,000) and student health (black children in Detroit, for example, are 16 times more likely to be overexposed to lead than are their white counterparts). As Alfie Kohn...


Effective Government Accounting
A. Premchand
1557754853
Jan 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
This book seeks to bridge fiscal economics and government accounting. It examines historical developments, ingredients of existing systems, features of accounting standards, and other issues that governments must address to perform their tasks economically and efficiently. Readers gain insights into institutional linkages and the role of electronic technology. Arguing that government accounting systems are too important to be left to accountants alone, the book presents an interdisciplinary approach that goes beyond adapting commercial accounting formats to governments.


102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
Jim Dwyer
0805076824
January 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
In 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, New York Times writers Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn vividly recreate the 102-minute span between the moment Flight 11 hit the first Twin Tower on the morning of September 11, 2001, and the moment the second tower collapsed, all from the perspective of those inside the buildings--the 12,000 who escaped, and the 2,749 who did not. It's becoming easier, years later, to forget the profound, visceral responses the Trade Center attacks evoked in the days and weeks following September 11. Using hundreds of interviews, countless transcripts of radio and phone communications, and exhaustive research, Dwyer and Flynn bring that flood of responses back--from heartbreak to bewilderment to fury. The randomness of death and survival is heartbreaking. One man, in...


Pricing And Cost Accounting
Darrell J. Oyer
1567261647
June 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
THE essential reference to help federal contractors negotiate and maintain Profitable contracts – now in its second edition! Government contracting rules and regulations have changed significantly over the past few years. This new second addresses these important changes including: Thresholds for certification of cost and pricing data Revisions in Cost Accounting Standards coverage Commercial item contracting New profit guidelines in several major agencies Revised cost principles Redirected audit initiatives You’ll find fast, easy-to-understand answers to important questions, like: What are the differences between firm-fixes price, fixed-price incentive, fixed-price award fee and all other types of fixed-priced contracts? How do letter contracts differ from basic agreements? What is the difference...


Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance (The American Empire Project)
Noam Chomsky
0805076883
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Noam Chomsky is considered the father of modern linguistics. In this richly detailed criticism of American foreign policy, he seeks to redefine many of the terms commonly used in the ongoing American war on terrorism. Surveying U.S. actions in Cuba, Nicaragua, Turkey, the Far East and elsewhere over the past half a century along with the modern American war in Iraq, Chomsky indicates that America is just as much a terrorist state as any other government or rogue organization. George W. Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq drew worldwide criticism, in part because it seemed to present a new philosophy of pre-emptive war and an appearance of global empire building. But according to Chomsky, such has been the operating philosophy of American foreign policy for decades. Opponents of the Bush administration's tactics consistently point...


Accrual Budgeting and Accounting in Government and Its Relevance for Developing Member Countries
Sarath Lakshman Athukorala
9715614884
Apr 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This report offers insights into the controversial practice of accrual budgeting, a budgetary practice common in developed nations, but which has only recently begun to be utilized in developing nations. In the absence of practical guidelines and reference materials for this relatively new procedure, this work draws on lessons learned by the Asian Development Bank in working with countries to improve their financial management and suggests a measured approach to gradually improving governmental accounting arrangements. By doing so, nations are encouraged to chart a step-by-step course from a cash accounting standard to eventual adoption of accrual accounting practices.

About the Author
Sarath Lakshman Athukorala is a financial management specialist at the Asian Development...


What is Sarbanes-Oxley
Guy Lander
0071437967
January 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Everything corporate employees must know to understand--and comply with--the Sarbanes-Oxley Act No law in recent memory has caused more confusion and apprehension in corporate America than the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOA). What Is Sarbanes-Oxley? is a concise, comprehensive overview of the act, filled with plain-English explanations of the vital details employees at every level must know and understand to help their firms achieve and maintain SOA compliance. Summarizing the text of the law for ease of understanding and reference, this vital addition to McGraw-Hill's What Is . . . ? series provides readers with: Guidelines for ensuring that a company's policies, procedures, systems, and controls are SOA compliant Management certification responsibilities and noncompliance penalties under hot-button Sections 302,...


31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us the Government We Have Today
Barry Werth
0385513801
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Two heavy hitters in the current administration—Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney—played roles of minor importance in the vital 31 days separating Richard Nixon's resignation and Gerald Ford's decision to pardon the disgraced leader. Rumsfeld served as ambassador to NATO and worked on the transition; Cheney was his deputy. Both were already well positioned for stellar careers, so it's hard to buy the argument proposed by Werth, author of the acclaimed The Scarlet Professor, that Ford's first month in office was the tumultuous staging area for power for these two power players. This quibble aside, Werth provides a balanced fly-on-the-wall account of the byzantine intrigues that defined the first weeks of Ford's accidental presidency. Such Nixon partisans as Al Haig, Ron Ziegler and Henry Kissinger engage...


Wiley GAAP for Governments
Warren Ruppel
0471404934
Mar 2001

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Book Description
Here is a comprehensive, practical research tool for use by governments and their auditors to guide them through governmental accounting and financial reporting. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Info
CD-ROM, in shrink wrap, presenting a guide for state and local government financial reporting. System requirements not listed. Field Guide also available.

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