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Andrew Roth (23 April 1919, New York City – 12 August 2010) was a biographer and journalist known for his compilation of Parliamentary Profiles, a directory of biographies of British Members of Parliament, a small sample of which is available online in The Guardian.[1] A well-known figure amongst the politicians and journalists in Westminster for sixty years, he was also known for his appearances on British television.

He scoured Hansard, gossip columns, vote papers and committee reports to compile his profiles of the personnel of the U.K. Parliament and assessed their character traits, history, opinions and psychological drives. The profiles also included cartoon caricatures by Terry Roth.

Roth's detailed obituaries were composed for international and national figures of note, using the skills and information he had collected in his biographical research. A catalogue of his published obituaries in the archives of The Guardian provides an insightful and historical perspective to contemporary news as the deaths of the noteworthy are documented and he reviews their lives.

He was born to Hungarian parents in New York and attended City College and Columbia, Michigan and Harvard universities, where he studied Far Eastern History. During 1940 he was a researcher at the Institute of Pacific Relations.[2] He served as a Lieutenant with the US Naval Intelligence in World War II. In June 1945 he and five others were arrested during an FBI investigation into the leaking of documents to the journal Amerasia. He was subsequently cleared.[3]

Roth was a journalist and foreign correspondent in twenty countries before settling in the United Kingdom in 1950. He was political correspondent for the Manchester Evening News from 1972 to 1984, contributed to the New Statesman from 1984 to 1997 and was an obituarist and contributor to The Guardian from 1996.

Roth died of prostate cancer at the age of 91. He was survived by his third wife, Antoinette Putnam, a son, Neil, a daughter, Terry, and three grandchildren. [4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Andrew Roth's parliament profiles". London: Guardian Newspapers. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 1 Apr 2010. 
  2. ^ Who's Who. A & C Black. January 2007. 
  3. ^ Andy McSmith (August 22, 1999). "Tory ex-MP dons McCarthy's mantle to stalk a 'Commie' at Westminster". The Guardian (London). 
  4. ^ Ian Aitken Obituary: Andrew Roth, The Guardian, 12 August 2010
  5. ^ Obituary, The Daily Telegraph, 13 Aug 2010
  6. ^ Burns, John F. (16 August 2010). "Andrew Roth, 91; American-Born Chronicler of British Politics". The New York Times. 


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By ANDREW ROTH and NEIL MacFARQUHAR APRIL 23, 2014. Inside. Photo. A woman among barricades set up by pro-Russian militants at an administrative building in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday. Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images. Continue reading ...
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Europe |​​NYT Now. At Funeral, Expressions of Grief and Anger Toward Kiev Officials. By ANDREW ROTH APRIL 22, 2014. Inside. Continue reading the main story Video. Play Video|3:11. Slovyansk Mourns 3 Killed at Checkpoint. Slovyansk Mourns 3 ...
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Europe |​​NYT Now. Ukraine Implicates Ex-President and Russia in Protesters' Deaths. By ANDREW ROTH APRIL 3, 2014. Inside. Photo. In February, riot police officers faced off with antigovernment protesters in Kiev, Ukraine. Over 100 people were fatally ...
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By ANDREW HIGGINS and ANDREW ROTH APRIL 22, 2014. Inside. Photo. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at a site in Kiev, Ukraine, where people had protested against Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former president. Mr. Biden pledged $50 million in aid on ...
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