Showdown at Gucci Gulch
Jeffrey Birnbaum Alan Murray
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Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM By Jeffrey Birnbaum Alan Murray

The Tax Reform Act of 1986 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 reporters provide the first complete picture of how this tax revolution went from an improbable dream to a widely hailed reaThe Tax Reform Act of 1986 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 reporters provide the first complete picture of how this tax revolution went from an improbable dream to a widely hailed reality.
  • Title: Showdown at Gucci Gulch
  • Author: Jeffrey Birnbaum Alan Murray
  • ISBN: 9780394758114
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback

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Matt Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
I dusted off this 30 year-old book in part to commemorate the recent news that the Republican Congress is setting out to tackle tax reform. Showdown at Gucci Gulch, the story of a successful 1986 tax reform bill, was essential reading for a generation of undergraduate political science students in the 90s who might be interested in how the American political system works. Your one-paragraph spoiler:Reform was… achieved because it combined goals that were important to both political parties. En [...]
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Frank Stein Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
An amazing look at the backdoor machinations that created the seminal 1986 Tax Reform Act, and a beautiful case study in legislative process.Despite dealing with the minutiae of tax policy, this book works great as an actual narrative for a few reasons. One is that the process of tax reform played out well as a series of set-piece battles, each in a distinct venue. It truly started in the Treasury building, where Secretary Donald Regan, at President Reagan's insistence, convened a panel of exper [...]
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Travis Hill Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Great description of the legislative push to pass tax reform in 1986. This is not the book to read if you're looking for a deep substantive discussion of tax policy, but it does a great job showing the ups and downs of the legislative process and the never ending drama that comes with it.
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John DiConsiglio Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Blow-by-blow account of the battle for the 1986 Reagan tax reform bill. Yes, there’s a whole book on that. WSJ reporters are adept at enlivening dry topics, but how much do you really wanna read about taxes? Fun when sketching the Congressional cast—the cerebral Bill Bradley, the biting Bob Dole, the blustery Dan Rostenkowski. Less fun when fixated on capital gains & municipal bonds. Published in 1987, only a year after the bill passed. Maybe that immediacy once gave the story a jolt. Th [...]
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Amber Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
My tour of 1980s seminal non-fiction continued with thiswhat I learned is that I'm not interested enough in politics to wade through all the details of the 1986 tax reform
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David Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Interesting chronicle of the 1986 overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code. Yes, that's right: I said interesting.
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Dylan Scott Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
I don't know why you'd read this unless you needed to better understand the history of tax reform. But if you do, it's a pretty compelling and clearly narrated tale.
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Joe Martin Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Birnbaum and Murray — two Wall Street Journal reporters — wrote this book just after Congress passed the 1986 Tax Reform Act. The Washington Post’s political reporter said it “reads like a thriller, which it is, with a remarkable cast of characters and a payoff in billions”. I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, but it was interesting and informative.Birnbaum and Murray narrate the history of the tax reform effort, starting with Senator Bill Bradley’s initial doomed efforts. From t [...]
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Brian Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
I highly recommend this book. It’s all about the unlikely triumph of a massive tax reform package during the height of the Reagan years and in the face of well-funded corporate opposition. The hero, at least for me, is Bill Bradley. He was a not-very-powerful junior senator who learned the ins and outs of tax policy, and slowly rallied colleagues on both sides of the aisle to embrace the idea. There were many other fascinating players – Rostenkowski, Packwood, Don Regan – with parochial in [...]
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Jorge Santos Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
I wasn't really a fan of this book. It's about the 1986 tax reform. First off, I disagree with the whole premise that eliminating deductions in favor of lower rates is a better taxation system. The tax code is probably the most effective way to encourage people to do certain things and not do other things. It's a perfect vehicle for social change. Secondly, the book practically gives a handjob to all the politicians who were in favor of it. And then it admits they know that the deductions will s [...]
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David Buzby Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Read this more for work than pleasure as Congress is contemplating a 1986-style overhaul of the tax code and we would have a bit part in that. I found it a bit dry but an interesting read. I thought its perspective it gave on the major players in Congress on the 1986 tax bill - Sen. Packwood and Rep. Rostenkowski - was very interesting as it was before scandal took down both of them in the 1990's.
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Emily Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
I'm not interested in tax or anything financial but this book really helped me understand how politics work. If you're bad with remembering names, don't read. It was hard for me to keep track with all the names, but I still grasped the underlining theme. You can get things done with savvy politicans and right circumstances. Made me want to fly to Washington and control the world. Read it. It will open your eyes to the almighty democracy of U.S.
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Alexander Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
A good book if you're the kind of person who likes this kind of book. Seeing as it was about the Tax Reform Act of 1986, I'm going to wager that's no one other than me. Well-written, interesting, and accessible, although sometimes intra-chapter organization is not great.Weird to think Rostenkowski wound up in jail and Packwood had to resign to avoid expulsion. Also filled with fantastic quotes, some of which are from people who go on to do interesting things.
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sima Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Amazing read for the politics and insider-scoop behind what was one of the most monumental policy accomplishments of all time. A real insight into how Congress and the Administration work together to get law done. It's well-written as well, and I think any political or tax policy work would find it a good read.
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Bobby Otter Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
The book does a very good job at telling the story of the 1986 tax reform. The authors do not leave a leaf uncovered and in doing so probably give more information than what is neccessary. But for a book where one already knows the out come, it reads as a thriller at time. Recommended to anyone interested in politics, policy, or DC in general.
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Aaron Terrazas Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Fantastic, engaging, thoughtful read. It combines the high drama of political theater with the minute arcane of a tax lawyer to make this one of the most enjoyable, interesting and informative histories I've read in a long time.
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David Carraturo Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
After reading this well-researched and thorough piece of history, I hate politics even more. Well worth the read, especially if you have any expectations that in today's world we can ever get tax reform again. We are doomed.
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Bryan Schmidt Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
If you're like me, you probably never imagined a book about creating a tax reform bill could ever be interesting let alone compelling, but this book is both. I almost couldn't put it down. A fascinating look at the inside of how our government functions.
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Chad Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
This is a book about tax reform. It is also one of the best examinations of the actual working of government that I have read. I never would have thought I would have had this much appreciation for a book about a tax reform bill from 1986.
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Michelle Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Read as part of Policy Process graduate course but it's an educational and entertaining read. One that gives a real day insight into the goings-on of Capitol Hill.
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Noel Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
History of tax reform in the 1980's. Somewhat interesting, but not really. Got to page 86 :)
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sarah Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
The authors of this book were interviewed on NPR today which reminded me of how totally awesome this book is.
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Gaelle Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Call me a dork, but I really enjoyed this book. A bit too much name-dropping, but a fascinating inside view on how the Tax Reform Act of 1986 got put together.
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Michael Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
It's a great read regardless, but if you are interested in policy process then this book is vital.
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Dave Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
One of the best books on how government works I've ever read.
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Liz Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
This is a terrific book, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in policy. Birnbaum and Murray turned tax reform into something astonishingly human.
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Chuck Nov 17, 2019 - 08:18 AM
A sharp and entertaining look at how lobbyists rule the world, focusing on the tax reform process in 1986.
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Showdown at Gucci Gulch By Jeffrey Birnbaum Alan Murray The Tax Reform Act of 1986 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 reporters provide the first complete picture of how this tax revolution went from an improbable dream to a widely hailed reaThe Tax Reform Act of 1986 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 reporters provide the first complete picture of how this tax revolution went from an improbable dream to a widely hailed reality.

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