Publishing: The Political Sweepstakes

Columnist William White's testament to Lyndon Johnson is only one of a bumper new crop of books with political themes. Most of them are the works either of newsmen or ex-newsmen, all anxious to appeal to a public appetite whetted by prospects of next summer's national political conventions and the Big Day in November. A sampling: >The Big Man, Columnist Henry J. Taylor's novel about a Midwest lawyer who seeks his party's nomination for President. Taylor's man, Frank Killory, was obviously inspired by the late Wendell Willkie.

>Convention, a fictionalized account of...