Craig R. Whitney spent his entire professional career as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor at The New York Times, where he was assistant managing editor in charge of standards and ethics when he retired in 2009. Before that he was the night editor from 2000 to 2006.
He started working at The Times in 1965 as an assistant to James Reston in the Washington Bureau, after working part-time for two years at The Worcester Telegram in Worcester, Mass.
“Unraveling Time” is the story of how an American foreign correspondent and a newsmagazine office manager in Germany grew up on opposite sides of the Atlantic, met, married, and started a family in Bonn in the mid-1970s, and then experienced history in Moscow, New York City, Washington, London, Bonn and Paris before returning to Brooklyn in 2000. It was a turbulent, inspiring time, with the war in Vietnam, then the collapse of communism in Europe and the coming together of east and west in the European Union, followed by dementia: the 9/11 attacks, the disastrous American invasion of Iraq, and the unending worldwide war against terrorism. Dementia then struck this family in a personal way, an unraveling made bearable by enduring love and these memories.
Published November 2016.
Americans own over 300 million guns, and about 30,000 of us die from gunshots every year. Even though about two-thirds of such deaths are suicides,the number of murders is shocking. Now mass shootings have become almost commonplace. Does the right to keep and bear arms that is protected by the Second Amendment mean that there is nothing we can do to make it harder for criminals, terrorists, and dangerous psychopaths to obtain guns? No, but we've got to stop parroting gun-control and gun-rights slogans at each other instead of thinking seriously about how to find common ground. Our inability to do so is nothing short of a national disgrace.