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How humankind has kept its books

Tim Foley for The Chronicle Review

July 14, 2014 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

Until recently, accountants have suffered from reputations as bean counters, wet blankets, and dull, passionless drones. Whether poring over a ledger with green eyeshades or hunched in front of a computer screen, bookkeepers have played the straight...

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