For Good and Evil, Second Edition
By Charles Adams
The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization. Behind every significant event in history there is a tax story. Adams, a tax attorney, presents the history of taxation from ancient times to the present. He studies tax law and collection procedures in ancient Egypt, Rome, Israel, Asia, Europe, and the United States, describing how taxation played a pivotal role in such earth-shattering events as the fall of Rome, the signing of the Magna Carta, and the American Revolution.