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 reality.
Alan Murray|Jeffrey Birnbaum
About Alan Murray
Alan Murray is the Washington bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, a columnist for SmartMoney magazine, and a twice-daily commentator on CNBC, analyzing trends in business, politics, and economics. He is the author, with Jeffrey Birnbaum, of Showdown at Gucci Gulch. He lives in Washington, D.C.
About Jeffrey Birnbaum
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum covers the White House for The Wall Street Journal and is co-author of Showdown at Gucci Gulch.
"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