Books: Dr. Doomsday's Sunshine Scenario

THE COMING BOOM by Herman Kahn; Simon & Schuster; 237pages; $14.95

The latest sooth, says the veteran think-tank commander Herman Kahn, is that prosperity and stability are probably just around the next bell curve. Barring bad luck and bad management, the last 18 years of the century should see higher productivity, lower inflation and a resurgence of traditional values. This upbeat news comes from a man who has taken a particular pleasure in bucking intellectual trends. Kahn, a co-founder and director of the Hudson Institute, infuriated liberals of the early '60s with two books...

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