ANECDOTES NOT ANTIDOTES

PHILIP K. HOWARD IS EVERYONE'S FAVORITE ANTI- REGULATORY GURU, BUT HIS BEST-SELLING BOOK IS FLAWED

Not just anybody can make a best seller out of the bone-dry topic of regulatory law. That is why this year's most prodigious hard-cover phenomenon is The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America (Random House; $18). A short, sharp strike against the superabundance of government regulations, the book is entering its seventh week on the best-seller lists. It's a feat that makes Philip K. Howard, the New York corporate lawyer who wrote it, a polemicist to be reckoned with. In the same way that liberals and conservatives spent last year trying to drag Forrest Gump into their respective...

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