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Accounting (Barron's Accounting) [Paperback]

Peter J. Eisen
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April 1, 2007 0764135473 978-0764135477 5
Barron's Business Review Books are typically used as college textbook supplements or as main texts in adult education and business brush-up courses. They also make excellent teach-yourself texts for readers who want to expand their business knowledge outside classroom settings. This expanded and updated title explains accounting as the main tool for organizing, maintaining, recording, and analyzing the financial activities of every business. Topics explained include the accounting equation, the different financial statements and their differing functions, the process of recording business transactions, special journals and controls, assets and liabilities, inventories, payroll and government regulations, different forms of business organization, and much more. The text is filled with examples and with review questions and answers. New in this edition is inclusion of the latest available payroll withholding tax tables for Federal, New York State, New York City, and Yonkers municipalities. All payroll topics, including social security taxes, utilize the actual current rates and requirements for each topic presented.

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Barron's Business Review Books make excellent supplements to college textbooks. They are also popular as main texts in adult education courses and business brush-up programs. You'll find key business terms defined, important concepts reviewed, and pertinent examples of business transactions summarized. Topics examined in Accounting include the accounting equation, the various financial statements and their functions, the process of recording business transactions, special journals and controls, assets and liabilities, inventories, payroll with up-to-date withholding tax tables and current rates as well as government regulations, and much more.


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  • Series: Barron's Accounting
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 5 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764135473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764135477
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have authored introductory accounting books for almost thirty years. My books have been used as stand-alone texts on the high school level for introductory college accounting. These books represent ideal companions to enhance the Principles of Accounting I textbook in use at the college level. My books have also been used successfully as stand-alone study guides for anyone who is interested in learning the fundamentals of financial accounting. Written in an easily understandable manner, with illustrations, exercises, and problems presented when appropriate throughout the chapters, enables the reader to get immediate feedback as to the understanding of the concepts.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great as a supplement, poor as a primer November 19, 2001
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This book is not a how-to guide for setting up your books, nor is it an introductory "accounting for dummies" type book. It is a review that reflects the topics taught in introductory accounting classes. As a result, topics are presented in a concise manner, then the text moves on to the next topic.
Although I love the terse, no-nonsense style of the Business Review series, I was somewhat disappointed in this book. Double-entry accounting is summarized, not explained. It does, however, cover the basics with real world examples and exercises.
Purchase orders are only mentioned in passing. Sales invoices, sales receipts, service invoices, and are not mentioned at all. The chapter on receivables and payables focuses on methods of writing off bad debts, and extending credit.
If you are looking for a review for your accounting class, this might be it. If you are looking for a one-stop resource to help run your business, you might finish this book and find yourself reaching for other books to fill the gaps.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book--useful overiview of accounting. November 13, 1999
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After reading other "overview" books, this one Ifound to be the most effective. Eisen gives an excellent breakdown ofmajor accounting concepts. He gives enough detail to explain concepts in a pratical manner yet still handles every major area I needed information on; he's comprehensive yet still concise. Information about the chart of accounts, general ledger, journal, sales transactions, costs, etc. were all explained with the assumption the reader is a beginner without treating the reader like an idiot. I'm glad I found this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good MBA Review Text August 2, 2005
I am due to start my MBA in the fall, and was really worried about never having taken an accounting class before. This book has provided a good subject overview, and I feel like I'll be better prepared for my courses. My only complaint is the organization of the practice questions - they're not referenced sequentially in the text, so you wind up jumping back and forth quite a bit. A minor problem, but a little annoying.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great MBA program or CLEP prep September 17, 2003
Your Business Review series is excellent. While this series was not designed for CLEPs or any of the other standardized examinations universities use to test accomplished areas of knowledge, I have found the entire series crucial for just that. Particularly as I am entering an MBA program. These volumes were precisely what I needed, and I have been telling everyone with even slight interest in these topics about them. Specifically, I am referring to the following books of the series (by title): Accounting, Business Statistics, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introductory Text February 8, 2003
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I learned the principles of accounting in a week using this book. These are the things I like about it:
1. Copious examples
2. Small in size and inexpensive
3. Explains accounting from a manual perspective (ie does not assume that you have Quickbooks, etc). That way you get to learn the underlying principles better
4. Covers all the bases in an introductory course
I would highly recommend this to individuals that want to learn accounting. This is an excellent first book. Keep in mind that once you have mastered the basics from this book, you will want to go to other more advanced texts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book November 1, 2013
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This is an excellent book to help you pass your accounting class with an A. I am using to tutor my son and I see the improvement already.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Accounting Review! April 28, 2013
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I was an accounting minor in undergrad, but have not worked in an accounting role, so I was a bit rusty in accounting principles to say the least going into my MBA program. With a list of problems from my professor, I was able to connect the dots once more thanks to this book. It was a great basis going into a graduate level accounting class, which I was able to manage an A; partly thanks to this book.

Definitely recommended if you've been out of the accounting field for a while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book June 18, 2012
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I highly recommend this book, it's easy to understand and is very self-explanatory. It is loaded with practice exercises with the answer key.
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