A book about the American tax code may not hold much appeal for most readers, but journalist T.R. Reid’s exploration is anything but a dry tome. His engaging, straightforward arguments remind readers that the question of taxes goes right to the heart of what it means to live in a society, especially in a time of growing income inequality and slowing social mobility. Reid provides a treasure trove of facts and common sense that puts political and media sound bites into context. Originally published before the 2018 US tax changes, an afterword in the updated edition covers the salient details and their consequences. He highlights the patterns that lead to ad hoc complexity, particularly in the tax breaks that provide financial support to groups of taxpayers, in contrast to the subsidies and benefit transfers other countries use. Many American taxpayers will find Reid’s work a refreshing call for real tax reform.
About the Author
T. R. Reid is a longtime correspondent for The Washington Post and a former chief of its Tokyo and London bureaus. He is also a regular commentator for National Public Radio and has written a number of bestselling books.