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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Inspiring tale told in a gripping manner. Well worth the read, especially if you have any expectations that in today’s world we can ever get tax reform again.

Showdown at Gucci Gulch

Also filled with fantastic quotes, some of which are from people who go on to do interesting things. House Republicans say they plan to vote on the measure before they sit down to eat their Thanksgiving dinner. Stay guccj Touch Sign up. One is that the process of tax reform played out well as a series of set-piece battles, each in a distinct venue.

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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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A real insight into how Congress and the Administration work together to get law done. I dusted off this 30 year-old book in part gulhc commemorate the recent news that the Republican Congress is setting out to tackle tax reform.


To see our current dysfunctional congress arguing these issues, you might imagine that nothing resembling this is possible. Read more Read less. Recommended for most libraries. Somewhat interesting, but not really. The tax overhaul measure then, she said, included a day markup at Ways and Means and a day markup at Senate Finance. This chronicle of the last major effort to revamp the tax code provides plenty of clues.

But this book proves that it IS possible. Dec 14, sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Most everyone agrees that the U. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jun 14, David Carraturo rated it really liked it. Those goals were accomplished.

Breaux, now a lobbyist with Squire Patton Boggs. Weird to think Rostenkowski wound up in guccu and Packwood had to resign to avoid expulsion. But consider Rostenkowski’s remarks on the passage of the bill: