U.S. History

"The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations"

Jacob Soll

About the Program

Jacob Soll, history professor at the University of Southern California, examines the use of financial accounting throughout history and its affect on the life and death of civilizations.  The author reports on the earliest examples of book keeping, the establishment of transparent accounting in the 19th century, and how fraudulence and misunderstood accounting resulted in the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the recent economic recession.  Jacob Soll speaks at Columbia University in New York City.

About the Authors

Jacob Soll

Jacob Soll's books include The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Secret State Intelligence System.  He is a history and accounting professor at the University of Southern California. For more information, visit the author's twitter account @jakesoll.


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  • Saturday, June 14th at 3:45pm (ET)
  • Monday, May 19th at 6:45am (ET)
  • Saturday, May 10th at 11pm (ET)
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