Douglas Hyde (author)

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Douglas Arnold Hyde
Born 8 April 1911
Died 19 September 1996

Douglas Arnold Hyde (8 April 1911, Worthing, Sussex — 19 September 1996, Kingston upon Thames) was an English political journalist and writer. A Communist, he was the news editor of the Daily Worker until 1948, when he converted to Catholicism and resigned.


Hyde grew up in Bristol and was brought up as a Methodist. In his youth he was active in a number of political organisations which brought him into contact with Communists. He became a Methodist lay preacher and continued this work for some time in parallel with membership of the Communist party.[1] He was an early convert to Communism, at age 17 in 1928.


After a period working in North Wales he moved to London in 1938 and became the news editor of the Daily Worker.[2] After his resignation, he published an autobiography, I Believed. The Autobiography of a Former British Communist.[3] He also wrote a book, Dedication and Leadership, about his experiences and the specific tactics of the Communists especially in the way that they recruited their members and built them into leaders.[4] On his death he had allegedly become an agnostic, having had difficulties pursuing social justice and economic equality issues within the Catholic Church.[3]

Hiss Case[edit]

On November 8, 1953, The Observer shared in its "Table Talk" column by Pendennis a short article called "Old Comrades," which claimed that Douglas Hyde had called on ex-Communist Whittaker Chambers, chief witness in United States vs. Alger Hiss and reported that: "most of his farmlands had been sold off," "Chambers was not a MacCarthyite [sic]," and "he is convinced there are still party members in the Administration."[5]


  • I Believed: The Autobiography of a Former British Communist, William Heinemann, London, Melbourne, Toronto, 1950. German translation Anders als ich glaubte, Herder, Freiburg, 1957 (=Herder-Bücherei, No. 1).
  • The Answer to Communism, Paternoster Publications, London, 1949.
  • Communism from the Inside, Catholic Truth Society, London, 1949.
  • Communism and the Home, Catholic Truth Society, London, 1950.
  • God's Bandit: The Story of Don Orione, "Father of the Poor", Peter Davies, London, 1952. Italian (1955), French (1956), German (1957) and Polish (1980) translations.
  • Communism at Work, Catholic Truth Society, London, 1953.
  • Red Star Versus the Cross: The Pattern of Persecution (with Francis Dufay), Paternoster Publications, London, 1954
  • One Front across the World, William Heinemann, London. 1955; Newman Press, Westminster, Maryland, 1956.
  • The Mind behind New China, Phoenix House, London, 1956.
  • Dedication and Leadership, University of Notre Dame Press, 1956. There is a 1992 edition.
  • The Peaceful Assault: The Pattern of Subversion. A Background Book, The Bodley Head, London, 1963.
  • The Roots of Guerilla Warfare. A Background Book, The Bodley Head, London, 1965.
  • Confrontation in the East. A Background Book, The Bodley Head, London, 1965.
  • The Troubled Continent: A New Look at Latin America, Pflaum Press, Dayton, Ohio, 1967.
  • Communism Today, Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, 1972; University of Notre Dame Press, 1973.


  1. ^ Hyde I Believed; chapters 1-4
  2. ^ Hyde I Believed; chapters 5-7
  3. ^ a b Kevin Morgan. "Obituary: Douglas Hyde", The Independent, London, 29 September 1996
  4. ^ Gary North. "Mother Teresa: The Efficiency of Self-Sacrifice",
  5. ^ "Old Comrades". The Observer. 8 November 1953. Retrieved 15 October 2017.