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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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Excellent resource for history majors and some political science students. Be the first to ask a question about Showdown at Gucci Gulch. Presidential candidates from both parties have promised simplification. Yucci book was interesting enough to be engaging and educational enough to be a valuable resource on the way American government really works.

Here, gulcu the anecdotal style of The Making of the President, two Wall Street Journal reporters provide the first complete picture of how this tax revolution guci from an improbable dream to a widely hailed reality. 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. The goals were to: Representative Harold Ford of Tennessee, who had frequently opposed the chairman, commented to other members yulch a weekend session, “Boy, am I in a lot of shit with the chairman right now,” Representative Charles Rangel, who overheard the comment, shot back, “If you’re in shit, you’re standing on Sam Gibbons’s shoulders.

Showdown at Gucci Gulch

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Jun 10, Emily rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Despite those objections, however, I highly recommend this book. December 22, Sold by: Showdown at Gucci Gulch by Jeffrey Birnbaum. By eliminating thousands of unnecessary tax-breaks, they made the code less intrusive and more fair for everyone.


Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. By combining with the older Democratic reformers, they created an impressive bipartisan coalition. It was hard for me to keep track with all the names, but I still grasped the underlining theme.

Want insight more often? Showdown at Gucci Gulch. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. As the details of the House GOP plan emerge in full context, lawmakers and lobbyists alike will hone their talking points on the bill. How gulcch votes get swapped in horse-trading agreements?

But for a book where one already knows the out come, it reads as a thriller at time.

Showdown at Gucci Gulch by Jeffrey Birnbaum

When can legislators vote without going on record? Dec 22, David rated it really liked it. Fantastic, engaging, thoughtful read.

They figured that if the rate was that low, many vulch the business lobbyists who fought so desperately for their own tax deductions would lay-off, realizing that the lower gucco would benefit them overall. Dec 22, Pages. Those goals were accomplished. Those goals were accomplished. Every economic interest in the country has played a role in shaping this package.

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And not all of it is dry. To see our current dysfunctional congress arguing these issues, you might imagine that nothing resembling this is gulcch. The tax overhaul measure then, she said, included a day markup at Ways and Means and a day markup at Senate Finance. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

See and discover other items: They skillfully portray the five main actorsBill Bradley, James Packwood, Dan Rostenkowski, James Baker, and Baker’s deputy Richard Darmanwho succeeded against massive opposition with surprisingly little public support. Amazon Drive Cloud bucci from Amazon. And then it admits they know that the deductions will slowly creep back in. The thrill is gone. And then it admits they know that the deductions will s I wasn’t really a fan of this book.

Jul 10, Chuck rated it really liked it. Mar 05, Chad rated it it was amazing. It’s a very good read if you’re looking to understand politics at the time. Apr 06, Jorge Santos rated it it was ok Recommends it for: It will open your eyes to the almighty democracy gcuci U.

Please try again later. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Reform was… achieved because it combined goals that were important to both political parties. Rebecca Mark rated it it was amazing Mar 12,