Books: Gimme Shelter

THE RAPE OF THE TAXPAYER by PHILIP M. STERN 483 pages. Random House. $10.

The rich are never more different from everyone else, as F. Scott Fitzgerald should have gone on to observe, than on the hateful ides of April. Most wage earners sweat over piles of canceled checks and interest statements just to worm their income total on Form 1040 backward by one bracket. But no self-respecting zillionaire would be caught within several lines of his real income before it has been vastly shaved by deductions, exemptions and exclusions.

According to a Brookings...

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