5 essential financial books for accountants

Check out these five books for accountants, with topics ranging from financial accounting and tax to fraud. Every accountant should read these books.

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Last Updated December 20, 2023

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Books for accountants: 5 essential financial titles


Looking for some new accounting books? We’ve got a few suggestions.

Organized by category, here are five books on finance experts thinks accountants should read:

No. 1: J.K. Lasser tax guides by Barbara Weltman

Category: Tax

The experts at J.K. Lasser offer a series of tax guides, including several written by Barbara Weltman. Weltman’s Small Business Taxes 2024: Your Complete Guide to a Better Bottom Line is available now.

No. 2: Warren Buffett Accounting Book: Reading Financial Statements for Value Investing by Stig Brodersen and Preston Pysh

Category: Valuation

Want to pick stocks the way Warren Buffett does? Who doesn’t?  This book, part of the Buffetts Books series, promises to help readers do just that by teaching them how to effectively read key corporate documents.

No. 3: Financial Statements: A Step-By-Step Guide to Understanding and Creating Financial Reports by Thomas R. Ittelson

Category: Financial statements

Look to this book to learn more about understanding and creating documents such as income statements, cash flow statements and balance sheets—the “three-legged stool” of company reporting.

No. 4: Accounting Principles by Jerry J. Weygandt, Paul D. Kimmel and Donald E. Kieso

Category: Financial accounting

If this book sounds like a textbook, it is. But that’s what’s so great about it—the authors present fundamental accounting concepts in a clear and succinct manner.

No. 5: The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind

Category: Fraud

It’s the most famous and most complete book about one of the most notorious corporate scandals of all time. This classic is still worth a read (or re-read) for anyone who wants to walk through a massive case of fraud.

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