Essay on The Auditor Book Summary

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The Auditor, an instructional novella written by James K. Loebbecke, tells the story of Jack Butler, a man from the San Francisco Bay area, who goes to college, majors in accounting, and goes to work for a large accounting firm referred to as “The Firm.” The story is loosely based upon the real world experiences of the author, and is written to give students a look into the world of public accounting that goes beyond a textbook. The Auditor not only gives students a chance to follow Jack Butler’s journey up the company ladder at The Firm, but also reiterates the relative importance of conventional lessons learned in school. The story begins with a nerve filled morning for Jack Butler. He is one of three managers who are being considered…show more content…
The second chapter begins with a “celebration” lunch between Barbara and Jack. During the lunch, Barbara shares a story with Jack about an experience she had with a former manager of theirs named Stan. She told Jack that Stan had been rude with her in the past and described a time when she felt she was sexually harassed by him at the office. Jack was surprised to learn this had happened, but was impressed with the way Barbara handled herself in response to the incident. Barbara sharing this story with Jack showed that she trusted him, and considered him a friend. This story brings to attention one of the problems women may encounter while in the industry and gives an example of how it was handled in this particular instance. The chapter ends with Jack returning home and discussing the pros and cons of being a partner with his wife, Libby. Jack is looking forward to many of the perks, such as private golf club memberships, but is worried that the extra hours and responsibilities may affect his family life. The third chapter flashes back to Jack’s high school days. He talks about his golf game and how he made his decision to attend Farwestern State University. Jack goes on to describe his years in college, stating that he had intended to major in pre-law, but developed a knack for accounting and was accepted into the accounting program his junior year. He
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