Books: Old Pro

AMERICA IN SEARCH OF ITSELF: THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT, 1956-1980

by Theodore H. White Harper & Row; 480 pages; $15.95

They don't make Presidents the way they used to. Theodore White should know; he has been making them for a generation now. In what he says is his last campaign chronicle, the old pro riffles through his old notebooks, and places himself on the bridge between journalism and history to give a grand overview of the passage of power. "This time," he says, "I wanted to add it up."

The arithmetic begins in...

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