Kiplinger’s Sandra Block reviews Showdown at Gucci Gulch by Jeffrey Birnbaum and Alan Lewis. Gucci Gulch, which refers to the hallways outside the tax-writing committees, “ couldn’t possibly accommodate the number of lobbyists and other. It is also the improbable story of the tax reform effort — memorialized in the seminal book, “Showdown at Gucci Gulch” by then-Wall Street.

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Store Deals Log in Search Close. Every economic interest in the country has played a role in shaping this package. The authors do not leave a leaf uncovered and in doing so probably give more information than what is neccessary. From the Finance Committee the bill went to the floor, where Packwood prowled back and forth batting off anti-reform amendments.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Set up a giveaway. Palaces for the People: Tax experts in the Treasury jumped at the bait, and created hulch real reformist proposal.

Ships from and sold by firstclassbooks. It went through the entire tax code. I was surprised by how many Republicans wanted to bury the bill and how many Democrats supported it. Oct 09, Matt rated it really liked it. It was also guclh best political and economic story of its time.


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Gucci Gulch Can’t Hold All Lobbyists Engaged in Tax Fight

Paperbackpages. Want to Read saving…. Call me a dork, but I really enjoyed this book. Read this more for work than pleasure as Congress is contemplating a style overhaul of the tax code and we would have a bit part guclh that. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Birnbaum and Murray, both reporters for the Wall Street Journal when they wrote this book, provide a detailed account of the wheeling and dealing that made tax reform a reality back then. Showdown at Gucci Gulchthe story of a successful 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.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. There were many other fascinating players — Rostenkowski, Packwood, Don Regan — with parochial interest I highly recommend this book. Read more Read less. It will open your eyes to the almighty democracy of U.

These activist-conservatives had no deep interest in closing loopholes, but if that was the only way to pay for lower rates, they were willing to go along. But if you do, it’s a pretty compelling and clearly narrated tale. In private conversations, most lobbyists, critics and other observers are largely skeptical that Baucus and Camp gklch pull off such a legislative feat.


You might be surprised at how few people are involved in writing large, complex bills.

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Read as part of Policy Process graduate course but it’s an educational and entertaining read. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. I don’t know why you’d read this unless you needed to better understand the history of tax reform.

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Add both to Cart Add both to List. Jan 01, Travis rated it it was amazing. Max Baucus and Dave Camp hope the narrative of the book repeats itself in the next year. This book is not dry or boring, trust me, I’m not a reader.

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These business relationships played gulhc role in the independent judgments and recommendations of the Kiplinger editorial staff. But for a book where one already knows the out come, it reads as a thriller at time. It’s taken almost 30 years to undue most of the gains made in that one act, so today’s tax reformers should read this book to understand how, as one commentator said, “the impossible became the inevitable.