Books: Viva Horatio

A TIME FOR TRUTH

by William E. Simon

Reader's Digest Press

248 pages; $12. 50

TWO CHEERS FOR CAPITALISM

by Irving Kristol

Basic Books; 274pages; $10

While most people would not be caught dead reading the novels of Horatio Alger, two current writers are quite proud that they are fans. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon and Political Commentator Irving Kristol believe the trouble with conservatives is that they do not read Alger and subscribe to his values of uplift through hard work, diligence, self-reliance and probity. This disinterment of an author whom liberals thought...

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