Richard West (born 18 July, 1930) is a British journalist and author most noted for his reporting of the Vietnam War and Yugoslavia.
Born in London, West attended Marlborough College before his national service spell in Trieste awakened a lifelong interest in Yugoslavia.
Starting off his journalistic career at the Manchester Guardian, West became a foreign correspondent in Yugoslavia, Africa, Central America and Indochina. Among his books are "The Making of the Prime Minister" (with Anthony Howard), "An English Journey" (1981) and "Tito and the Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia" (1995).
He is the grandson of the classics scholar Walter Leaf, and is married to the Irish journalist Mary Kenny. His sons, Patrick West and Ed West, are both journalists, and Richard is the first cousin of the actor Timothy West (husband of the actress Prunella Scales, and father of the actor Samuel West).
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