This isn't a ""gossip book"" -- so don't sell it to those who liked Washington-Merry-go-Round and its ilk. Kiplinger's name will be the Open Sesame to all who are familiar with his Washington Letter, that concise yet comprehensive survey of factors affecting business which is a bible to many business men. In this book, Kiplinger does something that is needed: -- he analyzes the inner organization of Washington, from the human angle, from the departmental angle, from the District administrative angle, from the Federal Government angle. He takes his readers on a grand tour of Washington, not as sightseers, but as students of the people that make up this extraordinary city, -- old Washingtonians, government officials, farm and labor groups, Negroes, Jews, lobbyists, women, journalists, etc. It is not a book about wartime Washington only; that has its share, but the balance of the all time Washington is there. He is very objective, some will feel too much so; where he steps on official toes, he does it without rancor. He recognizes the contribution of the Washington Staff to the book. In the last analysis it is a clearly coordinated and sympathetic picture of the city that dominates the world today. Good solid reading and thoroughly worthwhile. Should appeal to men perhaps more than women.