|In his four decades as the front man for 60 Minutes, the most successful show in television history,
Mike Wallace earned the distinction of being hyper-aggressive, self-assured and unflinching in his
riveting exposés of injustice and corruption. His unrivalled career includes interviews with every
major newsmaker of the late twentieth century, from Martin Luther King to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Behind this intimidating facade, however, Wallace was deeply depressed and haunted by demons
that nearly drove him to suicide. Despite reaching the pinnacle of his profession, Wallace harbored
insecurities about his credentials as a journalist. For half his life, he was more “TV Personality”
than reporter, dabbling here and there as a quiz show emcee, commercial pitchman and sometimes
actor. But following a personal tragedy, Wallace transformed himself against all odds into the most
talked about newsman in America.
Mike Wallace: A Life tells the inside story of a courageous man who triumphed over personal