Books: The Labyrinth That Is L.BJ.

The Labyrinth That Is L.BJ.

A VERY PERSONAL PRESIDENCY by Hugh Sidey. 305 pages. Atheneum. $5.95.

After reviewing a contingent of Viet Nam-bound Marines in California, Lyndon Johnson strode purposefully toward what he thought was his helicopter. "That's your helicopter over there, sir," said an officer, steering the President toward a different craft. "Son," replied Johnson evenly, "they are all my helicopters."

In this sprightly study of the 36th President of the U.S., Author Hugh Sidey demonstrates that Johnson has been more than just possessive in his conduct of the office—he has been frequently...