Showdown at Gucci Gulch Paperback – Apr 12 1988
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From Library Journal
Birnbaum and Murray describe the passage of the 1986 tax reform act as the product of personal victories by Washington officials over the usually triumphant lobbyists of "Gucci Gulch"the hallways outside the congressional meeting rooms where expensive suits and shoes prevail. The authors, Washington correspondents for the Wall Street Journal , explain how liberals' and supply-siders' discontents combined to produce the key concepts. 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. Recommended for most libraries. BOMC feaured alternate. Mark K. Jones, Cincinnati, Ohio
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Even the hordes of Americans whose eyes glaze at the sight of a tax table will enjoy this remarkably lively account." -- The New York Times Book Review
"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.
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Could have been condensed into a much shorter book. Filled with trivial details... it was boring.Published on Oct. 18 1999
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