The best 22 Accounting books

Accounting is a fundamental aspect of any business or organization, but it can often seem complex and daunting. To help you navigate this world, we've compiled a comprehensive book list that covers everything from basic accounting principles to advanced financial analysis. Whether you're a student, a small business owner, or simply interested in learning more about the field, these books provide valuable insights and practical advice to help you master the art of accounting.

The best 22 Accounting books
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Accounting Books: Tax-Free Wealth by Tom Wheelwright

Tax-Free Wealth

Tom Wheelwright
How to Build Massive Wealth by Permanently Lowering Your Taxes
4.3 (429 ratings)
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What's Tax-Free Wealth about?

Tax-Free Wealth (2012) takes the mystery out of taxes. It offers priceless insights on taxes and tax planning that you can use to ultimately build your wealth. Drawing from professional experience and a deep understanding of tax law, it breaks down the principles and rules underlying the best financial planning, and shows you how the laws are there to help you save your money.

Who should read Tax-Free Wealth?

  • Business owners and investors who are frustrated to see their income lost to taxes
  • Tax haters who find themselves dreading tax season every year
  • The financially ambitious who want to earn a lot – and save a lot more

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Accounting Books: How to Measure Anything by Douglas W. Hubbard

How to Measure Anything

Douglas W. Hubbard
Finding the Value of "Intangibles" in Business
4.1 (48 ratings)
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What's How to Measure Anything about?

How to Measure Anything (2007) challenges the notion that certain things can’t be measured, arguing instead that with the right tools and perspectives, everything is quantifiable. It provides insightful methodologies and real-world examples to guide readers on how to turn seemingly immeasurable concepts into tangible data, ultimately helping to make more informed decisions.

Who should read How to Measure Anything?

  • Business executives and entrepreneurs looking to better quantify their company’s intangibles
  • Students studying business or economics
  • Anyone searching for insights on how to enhance their risk assessment techniques

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Accounting Books: Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement by Rachel Richards

Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement

Rachel Richards
The Secret to Freedom, Flexibility, and Financial Independence (& How to Get Started!)
3.6 (393 ratings)
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What's Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement about?

Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement (2019) is a roadmap to financial freedom through diversified income streams like real estate, stocks, and other forms of passive income. As traditional retirement plans become outdated, financial independence emerges as the new goal. Discover the tools to craft your prosperous financial narrative.

Who should read Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking guidance on diversifying their income streams
  • Millennial professionals aiming to achieve financial independence before traditional retirement age
  • Personal finance enthusiasts eager to explore various avenues of wealth generation

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Accounting Books: A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Burton G. Malkiel
The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing
3.9 (89 ratings)
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What's A Random Walk Down Wall Street about?

A Random Walk Down Wall Street (1973) looks at the unpredictability of stock market prices, linking their movements to a “random walk.” It dispels the generally accepted belief in discernible market patterns, suggesting that consistent gains are not a product of easily-chartered trends.

Who should read A Random Walk Down Wall Street?

  • Aspiring investors
  • Stock market analysts
  • Economists interested in financial market patterns

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Accounting Books: Tax Savvy for Small Business by Frederick W. Daily

Tax Savvy for Small Business

Frederick W. Daily

What's Tax Savvy for Small Business about?

Tax Savvy for Small Business by Frederick W. Daily is a comprehensive guide that helps small business owners navigate the complex world of taxes. From understanding tax laws and deductions to implementing effective tax strategies, this book offers practical advice and expert tips to minimize tax liabilities and maximize savings. Whether you're a sole proprietor, freelancer, or small business owner, this book will empower you to make informed financial decisions and stay tax compliant.

Who should read Tax Savvy for Small Business?

  • Small business owners who want to navigate tax laws and regulations effectively
  • Entrepreneurs looking to maximize tax deductions and minimize tax liabilities
  • Individuals who want to understand their tax obligations and avoid common pitfalls

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Accounting Books: Accounting Best Practices by Steven M. Bragg

Accounting Best Practices

Steven M. Bragg

What's Accounting Best Practices about?

Accounting Best Practices by Steven M. Bragg offers practical and proven techniques to improve the efficiency and accuracy of accounting processes. From internal controls to financial reporting, this book provides valuable insights and actionable strategies for accounting professionals looking to enhance their practices.

Who should read Accounting Best Practices?

  • Professionals in the accounting field looking to enhance their knowledge and skills
  • Small business owners or managers seeking to improve their financial processes
  • Students or individuals studying accounting and wanting to gain practical insights

What's The Power of Zero, Revised and Updated about?

The Power of Zero, Revised and Updated by David McKnight explores the concept of minimizing taxes in retirement. McKnight argues that by strategically utilizing tax-free investment vehicles, individuals can potentially eliminate taxes on their retirement income. This revised edition includes updated information and strategies to help readers navigate the ever-changing tax landscape.

Who should read The Power of Zero, Revised and Updated?

  • Individuals seeking a tax-efficient retirement plan
  • Financial advisors looking to understand tax-free income strategies
  • Those who want to minimize taxes on their investment income

What's Financial Accounting for Dummies about?

Financial Accounting for Dummies by Maire Loughran is a comprehensive guide that simplifies the complex world of financial accounting. It covers everything from basic accounting principles to more advanced topics, making it an essential resource for students, business professionals, and anyone looking to understand the language of business.

Who should read Financial Accounting for Dummies?

  • Individuals who want to improve their understanding of financial statements and accounting principles
  • Small business owners who want to manage their company's finances more effectively
  • Students studying accounting or business courses

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Accounting Books: Perfectly Legal by David Cay Johnston

Perfectly Legal

David Cay Johnston

What's Perfectly Legal about?

Perfectly Legal by David Cay Johnston explores the complex world of tax laws and loopholes that benefit the wealthiest individuals and corporations in America. Through in-depth research and real-life examples, Johnston reveals how the tax system is manipulated to shift the burden onto the middle and lower classes, ultimately widening the gap between the rich and the rest of society.

Who should read Perfectly Legal?

  • Individuals who want to understand the complexities of the U.S. tax system
  • People who are curious about how the wealthy and corporations exploit tax loopholes
  • Readers who are interested in social and economic justice issues

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Accounting Books: The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton

The Wealthy Barber

David Chilton

What's The Wealthy Barber about?

The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton is a personal finance book that offers practical advice on how to build wealth and secure your financial future. Through a fictional story about a barber who shares his financial wisdom with his clients, Chilton presents key principles such as saving, investing, and planning for retirement in an easy-to-understand and relatable way.

Who should read The Wealthy Barber?

  • Individuals who want to improve their financial literacy
  • People who are looking for practical advice on saving and investing
  • Anyone interested in building long-term wealth and financial security

What's Financial Accounting And Reporting about?

Financial Accounting And Reporting by Barry Elliott provides a comprehensive guide to understanding and applying financial accounting principles. It covers topics such as financial statements, revenue recognition, and accounting for assets and liabilities. Whether you're a student or a professional, this book offers valuable insights into the world of financial reporting.

Who should read Financial Accounting And Reporting?

  • Accounting students looking to deepen their understanding of financial reporting
  • Professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in financial accounting
  • Anyone interested in gaining insights into the principles and practices of preparing financial statements

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Accounting Books: Against the Gods by Peter L. Bernstein

Against the Gods

Peter L. Bernstein

What's Against the Gods about?

Against the Gods by Peter L. Bernstein challenges the age-old belief in fate and providence by delving into the history of risk and probability. From ancient civilizations to modern financial markets, Bernstein explores how humanity has sought to understand and control uncertainty. With engaging storytelling and insightful analysis, the book offers a fresh perspective on our relationship with risk and the power of rational thinking.

Who should read Against the Gods?

  • Individuals interested in understanding and managing risk in their personal or professional lives
  • Readers who enjoy exploring the history and psychology of financial markets
  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders looking to make informed and strategic decisions

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Accounting Books: Accounting QuickStart Guide by Josh Bauerle CPA

Accounting QuickStart Guide

Josh Bauerle CPA

What's Accounting QuickStart Guide about?

Accounting QuickStart Guide by Josh Bauerle CPA is a comprehensive and easy-to-understand book that demystifies the world of accounting. Whether you're a student, business owner, or just someone looking to understand the basics of accounting, this book provides clear explanations, practical examples, and helpful tips to help you grasp key concepts and apply them in real life. It's the perfect resource for anyone looking to gain a solid foundation in accounting.

Who should read Accounting QuickStart Guide?

  • Students studying accounting, finance, or business
  • Small business owners looking to manage their finances effectively
  • Professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of accounting principles and practices

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What's Extraordinary Circumstances about?

Extraordinary Circumstances by Cynthia Cooper is a gripping memoir that takes you inside one of the biggest corporate scandals in history. Cooper, a former WorldCom employee, recounts her journey uncovering the accounting fraud that led to the company's downfall. Filled with suspense and insights into corporate culture, this book sheds light on the importance of integrity and ethical decision-making in the business world.

Who should read Extraordinary Circumstances?

  • Professionals in the field of accounting and finance
  • Individuals interested in corporate whistleblowing and ethical decision-making
  • Readers who enjoy compelling true stories of resilience and bravery

What's A Brief History of Economic Genius about?

A Brief History of Economic Genius by Paul Strathern takes readers on a fascinating journey through the lives and ideas of some of the greatest economic thinkers in history. From Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes, this book explores the groundbreaking theories and insights that have shaped our understanding of the economy. It offers a compelling narrative that sheds light on the intellectual evolution of economics and its profound impact on the world.

Who should read A Brief History of Economic Genius?

  • History enthusiasts with a keen interest in economics
  • Students and academics studying the evolution of economic thought
  • Readers looking for an engaging and accessible exploration of complex economic concepts

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Accounting Books: Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey, Sharon Ramsey

Financial Peace Revisited

Dave Ramsey, Sharon Ramsey

What's Financial Peace Revisited about?

Financial Peace Revisited, by Dave Ramsey and Sharon Ramsey, is a comprehensive guide to achieving financial stability and freedom. It offers practical advice on budgeting, saving, and investing, as well as tips for getting out of debt. Through real-life examples and relatable anecdotes, the book provides a step-by-step plan for taking control of your finances and building a secure future.

Who should read Financial Peace Revisited?

  • Individuals who want to take control of their finances and achieve financial freedom
  • People who are struggling with debt and want to learn how to get out of it
  • Those who are looking for practical and actionable advice on budgeting, saving, and investing

What's Advanced Techniques in Day Trading about?

Advanced Techniques in Day Trading by Andrew Aziz delves into the more intricate aspects of day trading, offering in-depth strategies and analysis. From advanced charting techniques to risk management and psychological pitfalls, this book provides a comprehensive guide for experienced traders looking to take their skills to the next level.

Who should read Advanced Techniques in Day Trading?

  • Anyone looking to take their day trading skills to the next level
  • Experienced day traders who want to refine and optimize their strategies
  • Individuals who are committed to mastering technical analysis and chart patterns

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Accounting Books: Taxes Made Simple by Mike Piper

Taxes Made Simple

Mike Piper

What's Taxes Made Simple about?

Taxes Made Simple by Mike Piper is a comprehensive guide that breaks down the complexities of taxes into easy-to-understand concepts. From understanding different types of income to maximizing deductions and credits, this book provides practical tips and strategies to help individuals and small business owners navigate the world of taxes with confidence.

Who should read Taxes Made Simple?

  • Individuals who want to better understand taxes and their financial obligations
  • Small business owners or self-employed individuals who need guidance on tax filing
  • Those who want to maximize their tax deductions and credits

What's Discrimination and Disparities about?

Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell challenges common misconceptions about economic and social disparities. Through rigorous analysis and compelling evidence, Sowell explores how factors such as culture, geography, and human capital play a significant role in shaping unequal outcomes. This thought-provoking book offers a fresh perspective on a complex and often misunderstood issue.

Who should read Discrimination and Disparities?

  • Individuals who want to understand the complex factors behind economic and social disparities
  • Readers who are open to challenging their preconceived notions and expanding their perspectives
  • Professionals in fields such as economics, sociology, and public policy

What's Financial Peace Revisited about?

Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey is a comprehensive guide to managing your money and achieving financial freedom. Ramsey shares practical advice and proven strategies to get out of debt, build wealth, and secure your financial future. This revised edition includes new insights and updates to help you navigate today's economic challenges.

Who should read Financial Peace Revisited?

  • Individuals who want to take control of their finances and achieve financial freedom

  • People who are struggling with debt and want to learn how to get out of it

  • Those who want to understand the principles of money management and build wealth for the future


What's How to Read a Financial Report about?

How to Read a Financial Report by John A. Tracy provides a step-by-step guide to understanding and interpreting financial statements. It covers key financial concepts, such as balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements, and offers practical tips for analyzing a company's financial health. Whether you're a business owner, investor, or student, this book will help you make sense of complex financial data.

Who should read How to Read a Financial Report?

  • Individuals who want to improve their financial literacy and understand how to interpret financial reports

  • Small business owners who need to analyze their company's financial performance

  • Investors who want to make informed decisions based on a company's financial statements


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What's Smart Money Smart Kids about?

Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey is a guide for parents who want to teach their children about money management. Filled with practical advice and real-life examples, this book offers valuable lessons on budgeting, saving, and avoiding debt. Ramsey and his daughter, Rachel Cruze, provide a roadmap for raising financially responsible kids and setting them up for a successful future.

Who should read Smart Money Smart Kids?

  • Parents who want to teach their kids financial literacy from a young age

  • Individuals who want to break the cycle of financial mismanagement in their families

  • People who are looking for practical and actionable tips on how to raise money-smart kids


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 FAQs 

What's the best Accounting book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Tax-Free Wealth as the ultimate read on Accounting.

What are the Top 10 Accounting books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Tax-Free Wealth by Tom Wheelwright
  • How to Measure Anything by Douglas W. Hubbard
  • Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement by Rachel Richards
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel
  • Tax Savvy for Small Business by Frederick W. Daily
  • Accounting Best Practices by Steven M. Bragg
  • The Power of Zero, Revised and Updated by David McKnight
  • Financial Accounting for Dummies by Maire Loughran
  • Perfectly Legal by David Cay Johnston
  • The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton

Who are the top Accounting book authors?

When it comes to Accounting, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Tom Wheelwright
  • Douglas W. Hubbard
  • Rachel Richards
  • Burton G. Malkiel
  • Frederick W. Daily