Charles Rolo

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Charles Rolo (16 October 1916 - October 1982), was a journalist and, during the 1939-45 war a Propagandist for the British Information Services. After the war he was a senior editor of Money magazine and former literary critic of the Atlantic Monthly, died Tuesday. He was 66.

According to an obituary published by United Press International:

Rolo died of cancer at Lenox Hill Hospital. He was principal writer of Money magazine's investment column 'Money letter: Wall Street.' His recently published book, 'Gaining on the Stock Market,' was highly praised by several leading financial publications. Rolo's mastered three foreign languages and monitored propaganda during World War II. He wrote several books, edited several others and worked as a securities analyst and literary critic.
He was born Oct. 16, 1916 in Alexandria, Egypt of British parents. He later won honors at Oxford College and earned a masters from Columbia University's School of Journalism. Fluent in French, Italian and German, he monitored short wave propaganda broadcasts during World War II. That provided the basis for his first book, Radio Goes to War. At British Information Services he headed the section on U.S. press and served on Prime Minister Winston Churchill's White House liaison staff.
Following the war, Rolo wrote his second book, Wingate's Raiders recounting the story of Major-General Orde Wingate's forays behind Japanese lines in Burma. He joined the Atlantic Monthly in 1948 as literary critic and remained until 1961, when he joined McDonnell & Co. as a securities analyst. Rolo later became vice president of Halle & Stieglitz, which merged with Thomson & McKinnon. Rolo became a senior editor at Money in 1976.
During his career Rolo also edited four anthologies: The World of Aldous Huxley, The World of Evelyn Waugh, Psychiatry in American Life, and The Anatomy of Wall Street. Rolo is survived by his wife, Bess, and a son, Claude, both of New York City.[1]

During the War 'he joined a study of short-wave radio propaganda at Princeton which produced his book Radio Goes to War'. He also 'served as an aide to Sir Isaiah Berlin when the latter was special envoy to the White House.'[2]


  1. United Press International, October 26, 1982, Tuesday, AM cycle, SECTION: Domestic News, DATELINE: NEW YORK
  2. Money Magazine Columnist Dies At 66', The Associated Press, October 26, 1982, Tuesday, AM cycle, SECTION: Domestic News, DATELINE: NEW YORK