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Principles of Financial Accounting


Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Financial Accounting

Needles/Powers/Crosson delivers interactive pedagogy by illustrating accounting principles and real-world examples to encourage critical thinking. This revision is based on an understanding of the nature, culture, and motivations of today's students
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful


1.0 out of 5 stars
Exceptionally poor book., August 29, 2009





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Out of every crappy textbook, this one takes the cake. This material could certainly be condensed and better taught for a much lower price.

Half of the material is super-high level charts totally devoid of reason and theory and certainly not fit for a principles/foundational class. There are very few problems with answers provided -- as if to push for th sale of the lab guide. Problems are often obscenely easy or ridiculously complex and often chained together (problem 11 requires 10 which requires 9 which requires an hour of monotony). Half of the book is wasted on Supplements which are totally useless to the course. Some of the supplements were no more than free corporate year-end reports; and, many of them were useless real world facts: I distinctly remember reading a few pages about Boing, which takes 3 years to build a plan. The purpose of mentioning Boing was to highlight that an airplane manufacturer turns over less inventory than a grocery store. I also remember reading bold statements about internal controls -- suggesting things such as monitoring for employee theft and accounting for the occasional mail-theft.

When reading this book, you'll have a hard time discerning where the filler stops and the content starts. Look, just avoid this book. Go for investopedia.com, better explanations, and it's free.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful


4.0 out of 5 stars
Good book, accessing online study tools problematic, September 23, 2008


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The book itself seems good but I was very disappointed when I received the book and discovered that the online study resources are not included with used books. When I purchased the book, I did not realize the books came with online resources. On the back cover, however, the book stated that access to these study tools could be purchased through the publisher's website. When I went to the website I was informed that Houghton Mifflin had been acquired by Cengage Learning. It took two weeks and three attempts to acquire the appropriate passkey to access the companion website. Today, after a third failed attempt to use the third passkey I had purchased, I contacted the Cengage technical department and was informed that they do not provide support for the website passkeys they sell at this time, so I was referred to Houghton-Mifflin's technical department. Cengage is the only place to purchase the passkeys at this time, but Houghton Mifflin still provides technical support. I wish they could have told me that two weeks ago. I had been sold the wrong passkey by Cengage but the error was quickly corrected by Houghton-Mifflin. The problem was fixed in less than 5 minutes. Everything is now working, so I am now giving the book 4 stars instead of my original 2, thanks to Houghton-Mifflin's quick and courteous assistance.

On a side note, from my experience, the McGraw-Hill online study resources are much easier to access and they offer a lot of good study tools, as well.


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1.0 out of 5 stars
Caution, Instructors Edition, not student version!!!!!!, October 29, 2012


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Kevin M. Price (Arvada, Colorado) - See all my reviews
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I ordered this and recieved the Instructors Edition that stated on the cover that it was NOT to be sold, resold or distributed!!!!! I paid 5.00 and cannot resell this book after I am done with it. Not a happy customer.......Buyer beware!


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Schaums Outline of Intermediate Accounting I, Second Edition (Schaum's Outline Series)


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The ideal review for your intermediate accounting course More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum’s Outlines for their expert knowledge and helpful solved problems. Written by renowned experts in their respective fields, Schaum’s Outlin
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful


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I've only used this for three chapters and it's already more than paid for itself. It's great. It distills the ridiculous amount of content from my accounting text down to the essentials AND GIVES EXAMPLES in line. No, it won't replace your text, most likely, but it'll come darn close. I read this first, then my accounting text. Makes my comprehension level of my text skyrocket as I already have a general idea going in. Well worth its cost.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful


5.0 out of 5 stars
great extra guide, December 22, 2008


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I love this book!
It is so nice to have something else other then a college textbook to refer to. This book not only puts things into a different perceptive but is also compare practically everything to the account equation ( A = L + SHE) it is the best!


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful


3.0 out of 5 stars
You need prior knowledge, August 26, 2010






This book is an outline of the Intermediate Accounting course. It gives brief descriptions of the basic accounting concepts along with many examples and exercises. It requires prior knowledge of accounting as the descriptions are too short for a beginner. But if this is what you want then this is a good and wellwritten book.

If you are new to accounting this book should not be your main source. Instead you may want to buy a previous edition of a larger accounting textbook which can be bought preowned at a substantial discount to the newest edition. If you are completely new to accounting I also recommend starting with the book: Financial Statements by Thomas Ittelson, which is a very good introduction to accounting.

So depending on what you already know about accounting and what you want to find out this may be a good or a bad book for you ...

PS: This review is for the 2nd edition.


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Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis


Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis
Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis

Horngren’s Cost Accounting defined the cost accounting market and continues to innovate today by consistently integrating the most current practice and theory. This acclaimed, number one market-leading book embraces the basic theme of “different
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful


4.0 out of 5 stars
Good starting book for Managerial Accounting, February 26, 2007



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Clearly written. Although it assumes some basic knowledge about accounting, the writing technique is such that there is very little background knowledge that you have to go refresh yourself with in order to make sense of the new information. For a novice at accounting like me, this was easy to understand, with good examples and illustrations.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful


1.0 out of 5 stars
Poor Learing Tool for an Online Course, March 10, 2008



This review is from: Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis (Hardcover)


I took this course on line and this is not the textbook to use. I just want to add that I ended up earning an A, I don't want anyone to think that I am blaming the book for a poor grade. A few of the chapters were very poorly written and the subject matter hard to follow. Some of the problems were so mixed up and time consuming that the time I spent digging out the pertinent information needed to solve the problem, could have been used to learn the material and acquire a better understanding of it as well.
Also the 11th Edition and the 12th edition is the same book, and thus many of the problems were the same except for the referenced dates. It is really a shame that colleges do not do their homework and give the student a break financially ($ 100.00 dollar difference or more.)There is no reason for them to demand the students to purchase a newer version when the older version would have sufficed.
I would strongly recommend to purchase the accompanying STUDENT GUIDE. This was not a requirement, but well worth the money. I will add that it did help me earn that A.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful


1.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't enjoy this book, February 28, 2008



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I normally don't post reviews but I just finished up using this book for a class and highly dislike it. I think the reasoning with how they illustrate problems is confusing and terms are mixed up with bold or plain print. My professor even said he did not like this textbook and wished there was a better choice out there. I thought the homework was good but there were some points that it didn't make sense at all. My biggest pet peave had to deal with the Economic Ordering Quantity stuff in chapter 20. I read the chapter twice and still didn't understand the function of EOQ. I eventually found a powerpoint online which explained it. I think this book has potential and obviously the amount of time invested with the supplementary material is amazing. Regardless, I think there still needs to be more work done on this book. Good luck using this book in your class wherever you're forced to use it.


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