Before Americans got their news from television, they got it from LIFE, the weekly magazine that set the standard for photojournalism. In LIFE Story Gerald Moore--a writer and editor who worked at the magazine in the last glory years before TV made it obsolete--recalls the dizzying excitement and glamour of LIFE's fast-moving, powerful approach to spreading the news. Moore covered the major stories of the late 1960s and early 1970s: LSD, assassinations, the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, the McCarthy campaign, urban riots, the My Lai massacre, and the beginnings of feminism. Before joining LIFE at the age of twenty-seven, he worked as a police officer in Albuquerque and then a reporter at the Albuquerque Tribune--both jobs teaching him the tools of his trade. His story offers a wonderful look back at the good and the bad old days of journalism.
"Gerald Moore has penned an engrossing memoir tracing his rise from philosophy student and nighttime cop to leading reporter, bureau chief, and editor for LIFE magazine in a bygone era when print was king. From his portrait of rough-and-tumble days in Albuquerque in the early 1960s, where he got his start in journalism, to the time when his bylined national stories were read in the halls of power and the living rooms of America, LIFE Story is an evocative and memorable read."--James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power
"Here's the perfect guidebook on how to have a full life and career, told with unflinching honesty and great good humor. Gerald Moore is a born storyteller."
--William McKeen, author of Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson