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Reagan's Ruling Class: Portraits of the President's Top One Hundred Officials
Reagan's Ruling Class: Portraits of the President's Top One Hundred Officials
By Ronald Brownstein and Nina Easton
Pantheon, 1983, 759 pp

These biographical sketches of one hundred individuals in the Reagan Administration are based on interviews and laborious research and are packed with data. The introduction by Ralph Nader, for whom the authors work, is strident, but the book is fair and factual. It will prove very useful to journalists and to political campaign workers-especially Democrats. The book notes those officials who have been replaced-e.g., Alexander Haig, Eugene Rostow, Anne Gorsuch Burford-but includes their biographies. The authors asked all the subjects for interviews; 57 percent complied.