Books: The Goods

THE POLITICIAN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LYNDON JOHNSON by Ronnie Dugger Norton; 514 pages; $18.95

Let history record that in 1967, at the height of the Viet Nam War, President Lyndon Johnson was visited several times in the White House by God. As Ronnie Dugger reports in this scrupulous, generally disapproving account of the 36th President's rise to power, the Creator would appear around 2 or 3 a.m. when Johnson received his daily reports from the U.S. embassy in Saigon. Dugger does not disclose what the Commander in Chief was told by his...

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