The latest contribution by seasoned political reporter Hess to the excellent Brookings series on the interplay of the press and the Washington establishment. Hess's first volume, The Washington Reporters (1981), was an overview of the Washington press corps; in The Government/Press Connection (1984), he studied the functions of public information officers at several federal agencies. His focus has now shifted to Congress. Specifically, he is interested in discovering why certain Senators are considered more ``newsworthy'' than others. Using interviews, observation, and statistical studies, he identifies the major factors that influence media coverage (being on the right committee, knowing how to take charge of an issue, personality, ideology). Hess is that rare creature, a scholar/journalist, and his book is well documented. Highly recommended for academic libraries. Thomas A. Karel, Frank lin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.