When accountants walked with kings: Jacob Soll’s The Reckoning

Hosted by Courtney Vien

Accounting history is a lot more exciting than you realize. Historian and MacArthur Fellow Jacob Soll, author of The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations, discusses the vital role accounting played in the French and American revolutions.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Why accounting was once considered essential knowledge for courtiers and statesmen.
  • How a celebrity accountant triggered the French Revolution.
  • Why Benjamin Franklin may have written his autobiography in a ledger book.
  • What happens in eras when financial literacy is low and accounting isn’t valued.

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