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Accounting For Dummies Paperback – March 8, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1118482223 ISBN-10: 1118482220 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 5 edition (March 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118482220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118482223
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Make sense of accounting basics
  • Read and understand financial statements
  • Report income and expenses for public or private companies

Create great financials and boost your bottom line

Want to make sense of accounting basics? This plain-English guide helps you speak your accountant's language with ease, minimizing confusion as you maximize profits. You'll find out how to manage inventory, report income and expenses for public or private companies, evaluate profit margins, analyze business strengths and weaknesses, and manage budgets for a better bottom line.

  • Accounting 101 — get an easy-to-understand overview of accounting, from business to bookkeeping and accounting systems
  • It's all in the finances — find out how businesses record certain revenues and expenses, and how those choices affect the values recorded for assets, liabilities, and profit
  • Manage wisely — discover how professionals choose legal structures, design a profit performance report, and determine product costs
  • Report it — grasp how a financial report is made ready for release outside the business, how investors and lenders read financial statements, and more

Open the book and find:

  • The scoop on financial statements and accounting standards
  • Ways to analyze and manage profit
  • Why "cost" isn't a singular concept
  • How to prepare and use financial reports
  • Handy tips for getting the most out of reading a financial report
  • Ten accounting tips for managers
  • A glossary that slashes through the accounting jargon jungle

About the Author

John A. Tracy, CPA, is Professor of Accounting, Emeritus, at the University of Colorado in Boulder. A former staff accountant at Ernst & Young, Tracy has authored numerous books on accounting.


More About the Author

John A. Tracy is an award-winning Professor of Accounting, Emeritus, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His other books include The Fast Forward MBA in Finance, Second Edition, Accounting For Dummies, Fourth Edition, and Accounting Workbook For Dummies, all published by Wiley.

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The author makes this book very easy to read.
Chaddy Mac
Flip through the book and you'll see a lot of text but very few ledger examples.
brian d foy
I got this book because I'm preparing for a class in accounting.
Andrew Parodi

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By New Bride on June 20, 2013
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If you decide you want to learn the how and why of accounting (say you have Quickbooks, but you're not sure what goes where, and why, for example) then this book is for you.

You will learn how to understand financial statements, what all the various lines in them actually mean, what they do when they "cook the books" and how to spot it.

I would think to become a true expert you would need a course also, but this book will get you up to speed so you aren't lost.

I may go back and read it over again in order to really be sure I am doing the books correctly.

I found it very useful for understanding inventory, and how to manage it better.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Mott VINE VOICE on May 17, 2013
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I will start off by saying I wouldn't expect a person to use this book as a standalone introduction to accounting in practice, but it works well as a complement to an accounting course or a preexisting knowledge of accounting that needs a bit of a nudge from time to time.

I have just finished Intermediate Accounting I (II, III and targeted classes are next) and have Accounting I and II in the back pocket. This book served as a nice method of refreshing myself in the interim between classes and also helped me find other topics to reference within my school texts.

The index in the back of the book makes referencing handy and the glossary is rich. The only thing I don't like is that sometimes one topic isn't covered entirely through in one section and picks up later or not at all. Given the broad label of Accounting, this was a bit expected, especially since the Dummies line publishes books on specific segments of accounting, like cost, financial and international accounting. It would have also been nice to see more reproductions of the accounts, statements, etc. covered.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Personne VINE VOICE on May 14, 2013
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As the owner of a new small business, I've had to add accounting to my reality. While I have a 'real' accountant to get me over the big bumps, I need a better understanding of what my software is doing and how I should manage the money part of the business. I've been eager for anything that will help that won't put me to sleep. Although this book has clarified some important concepts for me, it's not the complete answer. I doubt any single volume will do that. This is a sort of shotgun volume, with a little bit of information for nearly any topic related to accounting. The author makes it clear that it doesn't have to be treated as a front-to-back read. But I only found a couple of sections that caused my eyes to glass over. The writing style is light, with jargon only as necessary. Who thought that an accountant might actually have a sense of humor?

I think this book has the most value for an investor--especially a more active investor. There are many spots in the book that cover the types of reports that you're likely to see from a public or private company. But it really gets a full head of steam in the last quarter, as the author covers the subject of reading an annual report. The traditional dryness of these documents might incline the reader to think of an annual report as being completely factual. This book shows how a report can be manipulated to tell the story the company's managers want to tell. I can truthfully say that it will not decrease your level of cynicism. But for any reader who might be considering an investment club (or who might have received an offer to invest), this is required reading. It's not the full story, but it's a pretty painless beginning.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Victor V. Popov VINE VOICE on May 16, 2013
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I got this because I own a small business and have no clue when it comes to accounting. I can honestly say I feel alot more confident after reading this book about tackling the financial aspects of my business.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur E Kieran on November 22, 2013
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Almost what it says it is.
For Dummies for sure, which is why I bought it.
Does a good through (therefore a little repetitive - but that is a quality/defect/advantage of the Dummies format).

It explains the basics of the typical three major accounting documents provided to a Company's Outsiders:
* The Balance Sheet (Assets = Liabilities)
* The Income Statement (money in, on paper, and money out, on paper,)
* and the last one the Statement of Cash Flow ... which may happen before, or after, a financial record is made on the Income Statement.

The very basic approach is what I was looking for, and the book delivers.
I am reading, and rereading, a couple chapters at-a-time and I'm staying awake while doing it - so Kudos to the author.
I see this subject as useful long-term background information - not something I make use of every week or month - which is why I'd reading and rereading it sections, hoping to anchor it in long-term memory.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lethifold on July 7, 2013
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I actually enjoyed reading and studying the materials in this book. It gave me a general picture of what I was getting into in the field of accounting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Alexander on May 11, 2014
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Great book to get you started and it may be all you need to understand financial statements. It will not make a CPA out of you, but that is not what it is for. The author assumes you know very little as you begin and gradually adds more detail to the reports and their explanation. Good educational book.
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