Gossipy Lament

Stockman raises a ruckus

David Stockman's kiss-and-tell memoir seems headed for a quick public success --it will be No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list and No. 2 on TIME's list next week--rivaling the succes de scandale it is enjoying in / Washington. The former head of the Office of Management and Budget has set tongues wagging with his contemptuous descriptions of his former colleagues and his odd self-portrait. Stockman, according to Stockman, was at once an arrogant ideologue and "a veritable incubator of shortcuts, schemes and devices to overcome the truth"--the truth in this case being that his program could not balance...

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