Howell Raines is a journalist, editor, and writer. He was executive editor of The New York Times from 2001 to 2003. In 2008, Raines became a contributing editor for Condé Nast Portfolio, writing the magazine's media column. 

After beginning his journalism career working for Southern newspapers, he joined The Times in 1978, as a national correspondent based in Atlanta. His positions included political correspondent and bureau chief in Atlanta and Washington, DC, before joining the New York City staff in 1993. Raines has also published a novel, two memoirs, and most recently an oral history of the civil rights movement, and a history of the Union soldiers from Alabama who played a decisive role in the Civil War and were scrubbed from the history books.

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Silent Cavalry: How Union Soldiers from Alabama Helped Sherman Burn Atlanta — and Then Got Written Out of History

A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist reveals the little-known story of the Union soldiers from Alabama who played a decisive role in the Civil War, and how they were scrubbed from the history books.

The One that Got Away: A Memoir

Confronting loss – of an elusive fish or something larger – is at the heart of The One That Got Away, the graceful sequel to Raines's much-loved, bestselling memoir Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis.

Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis

A witty and profound celebration of life's transitions and the serene pleasures of the outdoors, Raines's memories and observations offer wisdom for the younger man and comfort for the older man.

My Soul Is Rested: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South

"So touching, so book for a long time has left me so moved or so happy." —The New York Times Book Review

Whiskey Man: A Novel

Raines's coming-of-age novel, set in depression-era Alabama, combines romance and tragedy to evoke a time and place distant in memory but alive in the great tradition of American storytelling.

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