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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett
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'As the first journalist to describe the aftermath of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Wilfred Burchett (1911—1983) has been widely recognized as one of the most important war correspondents in Australian history. For most of his working life, controversial Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett chose to report from the 'other side'. His unorthodox views and activities caused him to be labeled a traitor by many. Criticized ferociously by anti-communist groups and intelligence organizations in Australia and the US, the Australian Government denied him a passport for 17 years, forcing him to live in exile. At a time when much international reporting is dominated by ‘spin’ and propaganda, this compelling autobiography resonates with these issues facing journalism today.'   (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: University of New South Wales Press , 2005 .
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      Extent: xxv, 785p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Prefaced by George Burchett and Nick Shimmin, foreword by Phillip Knightley and original introduction by Wilfred Burchett.
      • Includes index.
      ISBN: 0868408425

Works about this Work

Rebel Remains a Mystery Peter Pierce , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , May-June vol. 16 no. 3 2006; (p. 46-47)

— Review of Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Wilfred Burchett , 2005 single work autobiography
Life of Rebel with a Cause Martin Hirst , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 18 - 19 February 2006; (p. 5)

— Review of Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Wilfred Burchett , 2005 single work autobiography
[Review Essay] Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Ann Jensen , 2006 single work review essay
— Appears in: API Review of Books , January no. 40 2006;

— Review of Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Wilfred Burchett , 2005 single work autobiography

'The remarkable foreign correspondent Wilfred Burchett was given many labels in the mid-twentieth century — traitor, spy, communist sympathiser — but he called himself a heretic.

'He considered heresy to be a trait inherited from his distinguished ancestors, and his passion for heresy was devoid of prejudice: he could celebrate the Eastern bloc heretic Stefan Heym for 'tilting his very able pen at the bureaucratic stupidities ... of the building of socialism', as easily as he lauded the heresies of his American friends disenfranchised by McCarthy. Burchett was generous to such a degree that he was even admired by detractors such as Australian journalist Denis Warner, who in a report quoted by ASIO described him as courageous, careless of his own safety, gifted in languages and with women. The magnitude of Burchett's gifts were not appreciated in Australia during his lifetime, but this epic, global eyewitness account of wars and the struggle for peace in the decades after Hitler should enable us to revisit Burchett more compassionately. '(Introduction)

No Apologies for a Life Well Lived Ian Hicks , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 January 2006; (p. 26)

— Review of Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Wilfred Burchett , 2005 single work autobiography
The Traits that Were Wilfred Burchett Matthew Ricketson , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 31 December 2005; (p. 21)

— Review of Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Wilfred Burchett , 2005 single work autobiography
Lone Wolf Ross Fitzgerald , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 December 2005; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Wilfred Burchett , 2005 single work autobiography
Contrasts of Styles in Stirring Journalists John Graham , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 December 2005; (p. 18)

— Review of Behind the News : A Biography of Peter Russo Prue Torney-Parlicki , 2005 single work biography ; Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Wilfred Burchett , 2005 single work autobiography
The Traits that Were Wilfred Burchett Matthew Ricketson , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 31 December 2005; (p. 21)

— Review of Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Wilfred Burchett , 2005 single work autobiography
No Apologies for a Life Well Lived Ian Hicks , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 January 2006; (p. 26)

— Review of Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Wilfred Burchett , 2005 single work autobiography
[Review Essay] Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Ann Jensen , 2006 single work review essay
— Appears in: API Review of Books , January no. 40 2006;

— Review of Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist : The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett Wilfred Burchett , 2005 single work autobiography

'The remarkable foreign correspondent Wilfred Burchett was given many labels in the mid-twentieth century — traitor, spy, communist sympathiser — but he called himself a heretic.

'He considered heresy to be a trait inherited from his distinguished ancestors, and his passion for heresy was devoid of prejudice: he could celebrate the Eastern bloc heretic Stefan Heym for 'tilting his very able pen at the bureaucratic stupidities ... of the building of socialism', as easily as he lauded the heresies of his American friends disenfranchised by McCarthy. Burchett was generous to such a degree that he was even admired by detractors such as Australian journalist Denis Warner, who in a report quoted by ASIO described him as courageous, careless of his own safety, gifted in languages and with women. The magnitude of Burchett's gifts were not appreciated in Australia during his lifetime, but this epic, global eyewitness account of wars and the struggle for peace in the decades after Hitler should enable us to revisit Burchett more compassionately. '(Introduction)

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Subjects:
  • Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • c
    Former Soviet Union,
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    Eastern Europe, Europe,
  • Eastern Europe, Europe,
  • East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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