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For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization

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The first edition of Adams' study of the history of taxation had heads turning across the nation, with excited reviews appearing in dozens of national newspapers and magazines in addition to local papers in almost every state. Adams makes a convincing case for taxes being the cause of many of the landmark events in civilization's history. Starting in ancient Egypt, Adams s ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 568 pages
Published November 28th 2001 by Madison Books (first published 1992)
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Matthew Hines
From the Rosetta Stone to the fall of the Roman Empire, from the rise of English power under Elizabeth the Great to the recent collapse of the Japanese economy, this book explores how taxes have affected them all.

We all know the significance of the Rosetta Stone; how it allowed scholars to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics because of the Greek right next to it. But what they don't tell you is what is so important as to be written in three languages- of the oppression of taxation under the Ptolemy
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Rick
Feb 24, 2009 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every human on earth
I think everybody should read this book. Despite the title, it really isn't a dry, technical or boring book. For anyone with any interest in history, it is rather interesting. Plus, most importatly, it gives a perspective most of us are lacking today. Our response to taxation is similar to what we recently experienced with gas prices. When prices rose to up around $4 gallon, the people were outraged. But once prices dropped down to $3/gal., there was little concern, even though that is a lot hig ...more
Patrick
Wow. A very enlightening and fascinating book. It follows the use of taxes throughout history and the implications of taxation. It also points out some interesting things I didn't previously fully realize; for example, the U.S. Civil War wasn't about slavery, it was about taxation. It's quite possible that the Roman empire collapsed because of excessive taxation. When the U.S. income tax was introduced, the highest tax rate was 7% and politicians decided not to write a 10% cap into the amendment ...more
Monica Westin
a little too conservative for my tastes, but adams gives a beautiful historical overview of the impact of tax law.
Elaine
Feb 12, 2013 Elaine marked it as to-read
History of taxes, from Egypt and Greece to modern Western economies.

This book is in the library.
Warren
A history of taxes throughout history. This is one of my favorite books.
Trey Hoffman
Crazy watching us repeat the same mistakes over and over and over.
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