UPSTAIRS AT THE WHITE HOUSE by J.B. WEST
381 pages. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. $8.95.
When the young J.B. West first went to work as assistant to the chief usher at the White House in the spring of 1941, he found his boss busy making a room ready for F.D.R.'s son John Roosevelt, who was just getting out of the hospital.
"Is he very ill?" asked West. Indeed not, replied the chief usher. John had nothing more than a medium case of the sniffles. You see, he explained, "this goldfish bowl is made of magnifying...