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They Cooked the Books
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,120. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Quotations
A fascinating historical tour of some of today’s most familiar financial expressions. For instance, “Cooking the books” originated in England when the Earl of Strafford said: “The proof was once clear; however, they have cooked it ever since.” - the Earl was referring to altering ingredients in a recipe - not the “creative accounting” all too common in today’s business world.