An author experienced in depicting different occupations (Magazine: Behind the Scenes at Sports Illustrated, 1983) makes a quantum leap with this detailed portrayal of a highly regarded senator and his job. Beginning with a glimpse of Bradley making a commencement address, Jaspersohn flashes back to summarize his education, youth (Rhodes Scholar; Olympic gold), and career in pro basketball before returning to the book's dual purpose: detailing how a senator is elected and functions and depicting this particular senator's unique qualities and how they relate to his office. Especially for young people, Bradley makes an excellent example: education is one of his primary concerns; Jaspersohn uses his ""Student Athlete Right-to-Know"" bill to demonstrate the legislative process and shows Bradley leading students from his home state (N.J.) in debates on vital current issues. The author, who interviewed Bradley and his staff extensively and observed him in Washington and during his 1990 campaign, offers a wealth of revealing incidents and direct quotes, including excerpts from several speeches. Thorough, well researched, and extensively detailed: a heartening portrait of a hardworking, intelligent, independent-minded, conscientious public figure who, better than most, balances idealism and practicality. Bravo to Jaspersohn--and to Bradley. B&w photos; notes; index not seen.