Drawing on interviews with highly placed sources, James Stewart cuts through the rumours and innuendo surrounding America's First Family to investigate the issues relating to them. He looks at the Whitewater land deal, the apparent suicide of one of the President's top aides, Vincent Foster, Hillary Rodham Clinton's speculation in commodities, Bill Clinton's encounter with Paula Jones and her allegations of sexual harassment. The fast-paced narrative reflects the conflict being waged over the presidency itself, a conflict that pits the Clintons and their allies against an array of enemies in the Republican Party, in Arkansas, in right-wing think tanks, and on talk radio. Stewart explains how the President, First Lady and their aides have dealt with scandal, and in some cases made it worse. The toll that holding public office exacts today, not just on the First Family, but on the many people close to the Clintons, is illustrated. Also examined is "The Presidency" as trial by combat, with profound implications not only for the Clintons, but also for future occupants of the White House and for American democracy.