Books: Breaking the Celebrity Barrier: YEAGER

YEAGER by General Chuck Yeager and Leo Janos; Bantam; 342 pages; $17.95

The American hero is traditionally a loner who risks his life cutting a glory path through officiousness and red tape. But the past few years have seen a subtle reversal. The dull organization man of yesterday's sociology has returned as the beautiful bureaucrat. Lee Iacocca and the executive thoroughbreds trotted out for In Search of Excellence and A Passion for Excellence have pulled off a corporate takeover of the national imagination. Best-seller lists are stacked with adventures in management. Even prime-time entertainment reflects this trend. Hill Street Blues, for example, is basically a series of dramatic lessons in administration. Each week,...

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