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The Big Four by Stuart Kells, Ian D. Gow

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INTRODUCTION

Stretching back centuries, the history of Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC is a fascinating story of wealth, power and luck. In many profound ways, the so-called Big Four accounting and audit firms have influenced how we work, how we manage, how we invest and how we are governed.

The firms have been called many things. High priests of capitalism. More powerful than sovereign states. Protectors of the public interest. The conscience of the free market. Heroes of corporate integrity. Benign watchdogs. Toothless lapdogs. A necessary evil. An institutionalised oligopoly. Corporate sweatshops. Accountants of fortune. Skilled enablers of white-collar fraud. Each of the Big Four is a case study of corporate triumph – and drama. Underneath their ...

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