From The Publisher: May 11, 1992

Early last Wednesday evening the phone rang in the home of our Los Angeles correspondent James Willwerth. On the line was bureau chief Jordan Bonfante with urgency in his voice. "Are you aware that rioting and gunfire have broken out over the Rodney King verdict?" he asked.

Throughout that evening and during the next 48 hours, Bonfante, Willwerth and seven other TIME correspondents, reporters and photographers spread out across Los Angeles to record what would become the worst U.S. rioting since the 1965 Watts disturbances. Their reporting, most of it gathered under high- adrenaline conditions, is the basis for our cover...

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