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Showdown at Gucci Gulch Paperback – April 12, 1988
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Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"A riveting account of the political Process that produced the new [tax reform] law."
"Messrs. Birnbaum and Murray... have written a splendidly readable book about America's recent tax reform." -- The Economist
"Showdown is a classic of its genre....It is illuminating and systematic enough to become a staple in political science courses, yet entertaining enough to be read this summer on the beach." -- Washington Post Book World
"Showdown at Gucci Gulch reads like a thriller, which it is, with a remarkable cast of characters and a payoff in billions."
-- David S. Broder, chief political reporter and columnist, Washington Post
Top Customer Reviews
Is it detailed? Of course it is: the back and forth in the Ways and Means committee, for example, illustrates the kind of negotiaions that are the bread and butter of policy making.
Is there material that is "in the encyclopedia?" That is silly. There is little there that is basic review. In fact, anyone who found this boring probably does not know the basics of congressional procedures -- that is not the goal of this book -- or has a professor or teacher who does not know how to link a journalistic case study like this with the textbook or scholarly treatment of Congress.
Unbiased, reputable investigative journalism. Presents the scope of conflicts, goals, and problems obtaining cooperation among the different political parties. Much insight given about lobbyists and their harsh impact on tax codes/laws, the economy, and people from the poor through the rich.
Same issues applicable to today.
Excellent resource for history majors and some political science students..[Edited to correct spelling error.]
The goals were to:
- Simplify the tax system.
- Reduce marginal rates.
- Broaden the tax base.
Those goals were accomplished. What is especially interesting reading this now (2012) is that our country really needs a similar effort to take place.
To see our current dysfunctional congress arguing these issues, you might imagine that nothing resembling this is possible. But this book proves that it IS possible. It happened. It is quite interesting to find out exactly how.
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Shows how (1) special interests control the country and (2) special interests control the country.Published 6 months ago by Nick
Really detailed book about tax policy. Could be considered boring but it really important.Published on July 10, 2014 by Foothill Ranch 14
needed for project so I needed it quick. gets kinda boring but overall good book. Recommended to anyone who likes politics.Published on October 29, 2013 by Melissa
If you ever wanted to know how 1986 tax reform came about, this is the book to read. I haven't finished the book, but it is definitely worth your while especially if you began... Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Jason Baker
I bought a new book, but the book I received is just like a used one, which has been folded badly.Published on February 6, 2013 by David
I was very pleased with the uncomplicated and convenience of no hassle service. I was very pleased.Published on April 24, 2008 by David Castillo