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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. Broder, chief political reporter and columnist, Washington Post. Showdown is a classic of its genre. A great case study of the political process. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The Tax Reform Act of was the single most sweeping change in the history of America’s income tax.

It was also the best political and economic story of its time. Here, in the anecdotal style of The Making of the President, two Wall Street Journal yulch provide the first complete picture of how this tax revolution went from an improbable dream to a widely hailed reality. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add both to Cart Add both to List.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Analysis and Perspectives Fourth Edition. Taxing Ourselves, 4th Edition: A Citizen’s Guide to the Debate over Taxes. Why Washington Stopped Working. Institutions and Policies, Brief Version.

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Review “Even the hordes of Americans whose eyes glaze at gucdi sight of a tax table will enjoy this remarkably lively account. Vintage; Reprint edition April 12, Language: Start reading Showdown at Gucci Gulch on your Kindle in under a minute.

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Unbiased, reputable investigative journalism. Presents the gylch of conflicts, goals, and problems obtaining cooperation among the different political parties. Same issues applicable to today.

Excellent resource for history majors and some political science students. Showdown at Gucci Gulch is a brilliant expose of the lawmaking process in Washington.

While the backroom deals and the outcomes are there, it is nowhere near what we have today with open and legal bribing of lawmakers but it does show how it all become so corrupt under the Reagan administration. We owe the dystopian society we are living in today to the unhanded deals that began in this administration. The guci were to: Those goals were accomplished. What is especially interesting reading this now is that our country really needs a similar guch 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 is quite interesting to find out exactly how. This was a detailed, informative book that remains relevant despite the passage of time.

It helped me understand the tradeoffs that cause legislation be so convoluted – even one intended to simplify the tax code. A couple of minor objections – I found the text somewhat repetitive, and the authors guccj a ghlch to hard to convey the drama. Despite those objections, however, I highly recommend this book. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Current events all over again. Understand what is involved in the tax code revision process as history is bound to repeat. Is is quite a complicated task and requires skillful management.


Great book, if you’re interested in learning about how our government works and how much the president has very little do to with laws being created. This book is not dry or boring, trust me, I’m not a reader. It’s a must-read if you want to understand tax reform. It’s also a must-read if you want to understand how policy is made in Washington. It’s a very good read if you’re looking to understand politics at the time.

Those who’re rating the book 3 or below are likely not interested in any of the 3 items. Very insightful and relevant for today as well. Inspiring tale told in a gripping manner. Look forward to reading a similar tale of guccii reform. See all 28 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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