SYNOPSIS: All America knows about Watergate. Here, for the first time, is the story of how we know. In what must be the most devastating political detective story of the century, the two young Washington Post reporters whose brilliant investigative journalism smashed the Watergate scandal wide open tell the whole behind-the-scenes drama the way it really happened. Here is their amazing story, from the first suspicions, through the tortuous trail of false leads, lies, secrecy, and high-level pressure, to the final moments when they were able to put the pieces of the puzzle together and write the series that won the Post a Pulitzer Prize. Carl Bernstein, 30, was born in Washington, D.C., attended the University of Maryland, and started his career in journalism at 16, as a copy boy for the Washington Star. He became a full-time reporter at 19 and has worked at the Washington Post since 1966, on the metropolitan staff. Bob Woodward, 31, was covering general assignments and investigations for the Post's District of Columbia staff at the time of the Watergate break-in on June 17, 1972. Born in a suburb of Chicago, he graduated from Yale University in 1965, spent five years in the Navy as a communications officer, and worked on the Montgomery County Sentinel before joining the Post in September 1971.