Elvis: We Love You Tender (Delacorte/Dell, 1980).
As a baby boomer who came of age in the turbulence of the late 1960s, Torgoff was not of the Elvis generation. Perhaps it was fate that brought him to Graceland in the wake of Presley’s death, when he became one of the first journalists to write a truly inside book about one of the most famous men in the world, as seen through the eyes of his step family. Presley’s decline and death was one of the biggest stories of the time, and what Torgoff found in Memphis was more than a story of rock and roll or fame but an American tragedy of Shakespearean complexity and magnitude. It was a story that challenged all of his biographical skills as he set out to document the truth of what had really happened to Elvis in his final years, cutting through the myths and tabloid sensationalism to humanize Elvis with a true understanding of his emotional life. The result was a bestseller.