TITLE: THE SEVEN FAT YEARS
AUTHOR: ROBERT L. BARTLEY
PUBLISHER: FREE PRESS; 347 PAGES; $22.95
THE BOTTOM LINE: A paean to Reaganomics that glosses over the excesses and inequities of the Reagan era.
IF THE 1980S WERE THE WORST OF times for critics of that debt-propelled decade, they were the best of times for Wall Street Journal editor Robert Bartley. From his pulpit at the head of the Journal's editorial page, Bartley preached the gospel of tax cuts and deregulation that became known as Reaganomics and hurled anathemas at heretics who argued that the government had a positive role to play...