The main single source for this book is my own coverage of the events depicted here as national political correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. I have also drawn on the reportage of the daily press, chiefly the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and the weekly magazines Time and Newsweek. Among the books that I found helpful were David Maraniss superb biography, First in His Class ( New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993), for background on Clinton's years in Little Rock (chap. 3); Bob Woodward The Agenda ( New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994), for its fly-on-the-wall reporting of the early days of Clinton's White House, particularly the start of Clinton's relationship with Alan Greenspan (chap. 6); William Greider Secret of the Temple ( New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987) for its rare look into the workings of the Federal Reserve (chap. 6); Elizabeth Drew On the Edge ( New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994, for its insight into the tensions that led to the unraveling of Clinton's first two years in the White House (chap. 6); Theda Skocpol Boomerang ( New York: Norton, 1996) (chap. 6); Paul Starr inside account, "What Happened to Health Care Reform?" ( American Prospect, no. 20), for their analysis of the failure of the centerpiece program in Clinton's first-term agenda (chap. 6) and Campaign for President (Hollis, N.H.: Hollis Publishing) for the campaign managers' own views of the 1996 election, particularly their debate strategy (chap. 11).