Dow 1,000,000

A bunch of new books see nothing but up--and a bunch don't. What's this soothsaying worth?

We have a saying in the news business: three's a trend. It works something like this. If one tree falls, it was a bad tree; if two trees fall, well, the grass needed more light anyway. But if a third tree topples, stop the presses. There must be some hideous new insect at work, threatening the entire forest. And that's a story. So it is with a trio of recently published books, and I'm not making these names up: Dow 36,000 by James Glassman and Kevin Hassett, Dow 40,000 by David Elias and Dow 100,000 by Charles Kadlec (no relation). I'm...

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