Jonathan Steele

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Jonathan Steele (born 15 Feb 1941)[1] is a British journalist and an author of several books on international affairs.

Steele was educated at King's College, Cambridge (BA) and Yale University (MA). He has reported on Afghanistan, Russia, Iraq, and other countries. He was Washington Bureau Chief, Moscow Bureau Chief, and Chief Foreign Correspondent for The Guardian. He is currently a columnist for that newspaper on international affairs. In January 2008 his book Defeat: Why America and Britain Lost Iraq was published by I.B. Tauris in the UK and Counterpoint in the US.

In 2006, Steele won a Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism Special Award in honor of his career contributions.[2]


  • The South African Connection: Western Investment in Apartheid (with Ruth First and Christabel Gurney) 1972
  • Socialism with a German Face 1977
  • Superpowers in Collision: The New Cold War (with Noam Chomsky and John Gittings) 1983
  • Andropov in Power (with Eric Abraham) 1983
  • Soviet Power: The Kremlin's Foreign Policy from Brezhnev to Andropov 1983
  • Eternal Russia; Yeltsin, Gorbachev and the Mirage of Democracy 1994
  • Defeat: Why America and Britain Lost Iraq, 2008.
  • Ghosts of Afghanistan: The Haunted Battleground, 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Jonathan has a wife, Ruth. The couple live in London, and have two children, and four grandchildren.


  1. ^ Weekend Birthdays, The Guardian, 15 Feb 2014: 49 
  2. ^ "Previous Winners". The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. Retrieved May 27, 2013.