Life Story


Before Americans got their news from television, they got it from LIFE, the weekly magazine that set the standard for photojournalism. In LIFE Story, a writer/editor who worked at the magazine in its glory years recalls the dizzying excitement and glamor of its fast-moving, powerful approach to spreading the news. Gerald 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 he went to work at LIFE at the age of twenty-five, he was a policeman in Albuquerque and then a reporter at the Albuquerque Tribune – both jobs that taught him the tools of his trade. His story is a wonderful look back at the good and the bad old days of journalism.


Official Release Date: April 1, 2016
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“Knowing how desperately all of us still need the unauthorized reporting that keeps bigwigs at bay, any journalist will find Gerald Moore’s young life as a newsman romantic but ravaging to read. It tells the death agony of the world’s leading exponent of picture journalism. But Moore’s gutsy, powerfully written journey of an evolving personality is harder still to put down. Large issues, including fiascos and broken promises to match those of our day, grow concrete as Moore’s ambition drives him – and the reader – forward.”

Victor McElheny, former science reporter for the Boston Globe and the New York Times, and founder of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship program at MIT, Author of Watson and DNA: Making a Scientific Revolution

“Gerald Moore has penned an engrossing memoir tracing his rise from philosophy student and nighttime cop to a 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 and Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press

“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, Boston University, author of
Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson