In This Review

The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed
The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed
By David A. Stockman
Harper & Row, 1986, 422 pp
The Real David Stockman
The Real David Stockman
By John Greenya and Anne Urban
St. Martin's, 1986, 302 pp
Stockman: The Man, the Myth, the Future
Stockman: The Man, the Myth, the Future
By Owen Ullmann
Donald I. Fine, 1986, 343 pp

David Stockman's account of his controversial tenure as President Reagan's director of the Office of Management and Budget (1981-85) is the most discussed political memoir of 1986, filled as it is with sharp, often contemptuous criticism of practically everybody in Washington, except for ideologically pure supply-siders. Mr. Stockman's self-portrait of a young man of prodigious energy, a quick, sharp mind, but adolescent sensibilities about politics and culture is confirmed in the two books about him. The Real David Stockman, by two associates of Ralph Nader, is, in a word, unfriendly. Stockman, by a journalist, is based on extensive interviews; although it notes the prodigy's blind spots, the overall tone is one of awe.