Easy/Quick Way to get max value of a field in query of a table

Is there a quick way to get the maximum value from a field/column in a table.  For example, I have a table with several records for each AccountID.  I'm trying to capture the most recent date for every account.  I'm then comparing that to each individual record to see if it is equal.  If it is, then I include the account name. If not, I leave it blank.  This way, the query reads easier.  ie. the account name is not repeated for each record.  I've done this by creating a separate query that groups by ID and has a field for the max date value, which I then compare against this table.  I was just wondering if I could avoid the extra step.
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Patrick MatthewsCommented:
If you mean that you want to see the "max date record" for each account...


SELECT t1.*
FROM SomeTable1 t1 INNER JOIN
    (SELECT t2.AccountID, Max(t2.TheDate) AS MaxDate
    FROM SomeTable t2
    GROUP BY t2.AccountID) AS z ON t1.AccountID = z.AccountID And t1.TheDate = z.TheDate
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