Stone (political science, Univ. of Houston) has written a very thorough but not very penetrating background story on the biggest and most expensive antitrust suit ever: United States v. AT&T . Stone discusses at length the rulings of the FCC and state utility commissions, as well as the court cases which created and endorsed AT&T's guiding principles. Stone says MCI won its assault because it aligned its interests with public interest, but he does not give enough information on AT&T's weaknesses, the real strengths of the opposition, nor the political climate. This contrasts with Steve Coll's Deal of the Century: The Breakup of AT&T ( LJ 10/15/86), a dramatic telling, and Larry Kahaner's On the Line: The Men of MCI--Who Took On AT&T, Risked Everything, and Won! ( LJ 4/1/86), which gives MCI's side . -- Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., N.Y.
A largely political study of how AT&T's rivals, big business users, including the petroleum industry, succeeded in persuading the regulators, the Justice Department and courts that drastic policy changes in their interests were also in the public's interest. Well documented. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)