Keith Kyle, Reporting the World

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Keith Kyle was "the epitome of the intellectual journalist" and the foremost historian of the Suez War. In this, his posthumously published autobiography, he takes the reader on a spectacular and exhilarating journey through the political history of the later 20th century, to the heart of world-shaking international crises where great events, people and places come to life. The clarity, expertise, enthusiasm and essential modesty with which he wrote gave his international audience the vital feeling of involvement...

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Overview

Keith Kyle was "the epitome of the intellectual journalist" and the foremost historian of the Suez War. In this, his posthumously published autobiography, he takes the reader on a spectacular and exhilarating journey through the political history of the later 20th century, to the heart of world-shaking international crises where great events, people and places come to life. The clarity, expertise, enthusiasm and essential modesty with which he wrote gave his international audience the vital feeling of involvement and being there. Here was a reporter -- and he claimed to be no more -- of rare skill, intelligence, humanity and true moral purpose.

Keith Kyle’s extraordinary career took him from history at Oxford with A.J.P. Taylor, military service in India and Burma (ending as ‘an unlikely infantry captain’), to the BBC World Service. He was recruited for The Economist by Geoffrey Crowther to act as Political and Parliamentary Correspondent in Washington, where he was at the epicentre of world politics. He was in Washington when the Suez crisis broke -- the subject of his major history, Suez: Britain's End of Empire in the Middle East, which has defined the subject to the present.

Keith Kyle’s radio and television journalism brought him into countless British homes as BBC Talks Producer but he also held political ambitions which saw him contesting - unsuccessfully -- St. Albans and Braintree for Labor and Northampton South for the SDP/Alliance. In Keith Kyle’s last years his life evolved from his years of vivid reporting of world politics, to scholarly research and writing at the John F Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard; St. Antony’s College, Oxford; the RIIA at Chatham House; and the University of Ulster, where he was Visiting Professor of History.

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"It is at once moving and highly informative. A history of the times as well as an autobiography of a famous British journalist and public figure, not least the historian of Suez." -- Wm Roger Louis

"Keith Kyle was the epitome of the intellectual-cum-journalist who emerged ... when newspapers and television were battling for supremacy in recording the Cold War and ... the triumph of liberalism ... A scrupulously honest observer who brought a sensitive nature and deep understanding of history to all he wrote and broadcast ... a most moving work." -- Simon Jenkins

"A splendidly vivid evocation of an unusually varied career by one of the most accomplished TV and print journalists of our time. What distinguishes the author's whole approach is his candour and modesty ... only a free and independent spirit could have written this book." -- Anthony Howard

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848850002
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Kyle worked as a journalist, broadcaster, author and scholar throughout the world over the course of his long career. Among his many publications are Suez: Britain's End of Empire in the Middle East and Whither Israel?: The Domestic Challenges (with Joel Peters). He remained actively involved in international history and politics until his death in 2007.

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Table of Contents

* List of Illustrations
• Preface
• Foundations
• Oxford at War *To Be a Soldier *Officer and Gentleman *Oxford on a High
• Decline and Fall
• With ME to the Beeb
• With The Economist in America
• First Encounter with Suez
• Also Reporting for The News Chronicle
• Reporting British Politics
• New York and Africa
• Europe and Matrimony
• Tales of Africa
• Setting Sights on Westminster
• Harvard, Ireland and the Middle East
• Islington, Ireland and Europe
• The Candidate
• Struggling Back
• Another Election and at Last a Book
• The End - or Almost *Notes
• Index *

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