The Info List - Keith Kyle

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Keith Kyle (4 August 1925, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
– 21 February 2007, London) was a British writer, broadcaster and historian.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Parliamentary candidacies 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Kyle was educated at Bromsgrove School
Bromsgrove School
and Magdalen College, Oxford University, where his period as an undergraduate was broken by war service. Career[edit] He worked for the BBC
North American Service as a talks producer, succeeding Tony Benn[1] in 1951. In 1953, he joined The Economist
The Economist
and was sent to Washington; later he was reporter for the BBC's Tonight programme from 1960, specialising in coverage of Africa[2] and based in Nairobi.[3] He also contributed to The Observer and The Spectator at this time, and covered Rhodesia
in the period before the Smith government's UDI.[4] From the late 1960s, Kyle began an academic career, while remaining active as a journalist for some years. He was a Fellow of the John F Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard (1967–68) and joined Chatham House
Chatham House
in 1972, where he remained for 30 years.[5] In the late 1980s, St Antony's College, Oxford
St Antony's College, Oxford
invited him to become an associate member. His history, Suez: Britain's End of Empire in the Middle East (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) first appeared in 1991,[3] and is regarded as definitive in almost all the cited articles. His other books include The Politics of the Independence of Kenya in 1999 and his posthumous autobiography Keith Kyle: Reporting the World appeared in June 2009, published by I.B.Tauris. Parliamentary candidacies[edit] Kyle had a chequered career as a parliamentary candidate. He had hoped to become a Conservative candidate in 1956, but government policy on Suez dissuaded him. He was an unsuccessful Labour Party candidate in St Albans in 1966, for Braintree in both 1974 elections and was the Northampton South SDP candidate in 1983.[1] References[edit]

^ a b Jeremy Harding "Right, Left and Centre", London Review of Books, 6 August 2009, p34 ^ David Wedgwood Benn "Keith Kyle", The Independent, 13 March 2007 ^ a b "Keith Kyle", Daily Telegraph, 22 February 2007 ^ "Keith Kyle", The Times, 7 March 2007 ^ Sandra Harris "Obituary: Keith Kyle", The Guardian, 27 February 2007

External links[edit]

Works by or about Keith Kyle in libraries ( WorldCat

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