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- DescriptionWilfred Burchett (1911-1983) was one of Australia's most important - and controversial - journalists and war correspondents. This, the unexpurgated version of his remarkable autobiography, leads the reader into key moments of twentieth-century history, guided by an eyewitness who is a writer of passion and insight. From his early years growing up in Gippsland and cutting cane along the east coast of Australia, Burchett lived through some of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. He experienced some of the horrors of Nazi Germany at first hand before becoming a war correspondent. He covered the first use of bacteriological warfare (by the Japanese in Central China in 1942) and travelled vast distances across India, Burma and the Pacific. He was the first Westerner to witness and report to the world on the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. After the war he covered the struggles of early Cold War Europe and reported on the wars in Korea and Indo-china, the detente between the US and China and decolonisation in Asia and Africa. Criticised ferociously by anti-communist groups and intelligence organisations in Australia and the US, he was exiled from his own country because a passport would t be issued.
- Author BiographyGeorge Burchett, the son of Wilfred Burchett, was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1955. He grew up in Moscow, Phnom Penh and Paris. He studied at Lycee Janson de Sailly in Paris and at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he completed his Masters in Mural Art. In 1985 he moved to Australia with his wife and child. Their first six months in Australia were spent in Maningrida, Amhem Land, where George worked as arts and crafts advisor to the local Aboriginal community. Since settling in Sydney, George Burchett has completed numerous arts commissions in Australia and Southeast Asia and has exhibited widely. He also works as a subtitler at SBS TV. Nick Shimmin was born in Liverpool, England, and moved in 1969 with his family to Sydney, where he was educated. He returned to England in 1985 to study at the University of Lancaster for a doctorate on Manx writing. He now works in publishing and as a subtitling editor at SBS, where he met George Burchett.
- Author(s)Wilfred G. Burchett
- PublisherUNSW Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2005
- SubjectAutobiography: Business
- Place of PublicationSydney
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintUNSW Press
- Out-of-print date07/03/2008
- Weight1520 g
- Width152 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine57 mm
- Edited byGeorge Burchett,Nick Shimmin
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