The New York Times reviews the Author Gelb memoir "City Room." Gelb began working for the Times in the 1940s, eventually rising to managing editor.
The review gives the impression that he wasn't always too fond of copy editors.
He remains annoyed by the calcified orthodoxies of Times style as imposed by the nomenklatura of the copy desks.And then a bit later:
But Mr. Gelb also gives great credit to those less famous rewritemen, (good) copy editors, headline writers, photographers and art directors who make every newspaper a daily miracle of craft.I'll bet that the book's a good read anyway.