I find it rather difficult to characterize the purpose of this book and its intended audience. Certainly, the book was not written with academic readers in mind. This is clear from the title with the dubious and pejorative reference to the Big 4 firms as “the global accounting monopoly.” Moreover, early in the book (pp. 9 and 10) the authors distance themselves from the academic literature in auditing, which is described as “narrow and a-historical” and typically “reverential” and “non-confrontational” toward the Big 4 firms. Moreover, (many) accounting academics are themselves tarred with the term “idiot savants” (p.10). I suspect then, that the book is intended for a general audience that has an interest in business topics and who might also be attracted to (virtual) bookstore offerings with titles like The Coming Global Catastrophe or How to Make a Hundred Million without Really Trying. Such readers would know next...

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