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Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945-1975
Taxing America provides the first historical study of Wilbur Daigh Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 1958 to 1974. The work of Mills, an extremely influential politician between 1945 and 1975, offers considerable insights into the evolution of income taxation, Social Security and Medicare--three policies at the center of today's political debates. ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published October 29th 2010 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 13th 1999)
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Historians often don't do well writing about specialized fields. They often lack the detailed knowledge of insiders and most of what they learn about a field comes from self-study, always a perilous task. For historians of tax policy, a subject with much arcana and few mentors to teach it, the danger is even greater. Fortunately, Zelizer displays a comprehensive knowledge of the development of the tax code in the post World War II years, and he uses it to relate the fascinating tale of the rise ...more