Peter Y. Sussman is a Berkeley, Calif., journalist and author. He spent 29 years as an editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and has subsequently concentrated on books and freelance journalism. His most recent book is Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford (Knopf, 2006), which he edited. He previously co-authored Committing Journalism (W.W. Norton, 1993) with prison writer Dannie M. Martin. Details at www.peterysussman.com.