THE JOY OF EXPENSE ACCOUNT LIVING by Sidney Rutberg

THE JOY OF EXPENSE ACCOUNT LIVING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Index of a magnate's majesty as well as consolation prize for corporate under-lings, the expense account triggers Bunyanesque spending from Bar Harbor to Malibu. Here, for those less fortunate, are the elegant eateries, the posh apartments, and the giddy fleshpots maintained by tax-deductible corporate support--not to mention the free phone calls, the fleets of limos, boats, and jets. Here too is a blithely accurate pr‚cis of the legislative maneuvering and arcane tax regulations behind the deductible extravagance. The course ranges from basic-bibulous (be on time for business lunches--and don't drink too much) to the silly-lascivious. A few examples of overkill in ""business"" expenses and executive perks are detailed, though Rutberg's dependence on the records of SEC proceedings acts as a damper. The fancy antics of Henry Ford II, and some less distinguished thimble-riggers, are prosaically tabulated. The survey isn't inclusive, of course. There's no mention of the largesse of medical detail men or of movie press junkets. But the fundamental principles are here, and, as Rutberg observes, ""you don't have to be a crook to enjoy the fruits of the expense account society.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Contemporary