Through interviews with classmates, colleagues and old family friends, the author has put together an interesting anecdotal record of the life of President Johnson. The Texas childhood and young manhood are well described and benefit from Mr. Newlon's use of the ""Mother's Book."" This is a family history written by the President's mother and is available to writers only with the President's permission. School and college stories mirror the record of the public career--an energetic, sociable, politically oriented boy became that kind of man. How the President was gradually transformed from an indifferent student exhausted with it all after high school, to one who did well in college and then determinedly studied his way through law school at night, will undoubtedly provoke reader identification among those too young to vote. Students and fellow faculty supplied the recollections of the brief career in teaching and Washington roommates supplied the background on the job as a Congressional secretary during the first part of the Depression. The years of elected office--first as Representative, then Senator and then Vice-President--are told through campaign stories and the political issues of the times. Mrs. Johnson and their daughters are introduced and the successful Johnson business ventures are described.