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Behind the bitter attacks and propaganda—a remarkable Cold War talent

Volume 12, Issue 2

September, 2006

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Robie, D. (2006). Behind the bitter attacks and propaganda—a remarkable Cold War talent [Review]. Pacific Journalism Review, 12(2): 192-196. Review of Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist: The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett, edited by George Burchett and Nick Shimmin. Sydney, UNSW Press, 2005. 785 pp. ISBN 0868408425 (cloth).
Author(s): David Robie
Reviewed book by George Burchett and Nick Shimmin
Publication date: 
September, 2006

When Phillip Knightley was researching The First Casualty (1975), controversial fellow Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett was at the top of his list of war correspondents in the Pacific theatre whom he needed to interview. But he was at a loss over how to find him. Was Burchett then living in Paris, Sofia, Moscow or Beijing? Or where? Ironically, Knightley bumped into Burchett at a party in the London suburb of Battersea.