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From Traveller to Traitor: The Life of Wilfred Burchett

From Traveller to Traitor is the first critical biography of the radical Australian journalist, Wilfred Burchett. After a distinguished wartime career with the London Daily Express, Burchett’s journalism drifted to the left with the onset of the Cold War. During the Korean and Vietnam wars he was condemned as a traitor for his pro-Communist reports, and was unjustly denied an Australian passport by successive Liberal governments of the 1950s and 1960s. Tom Heenan explores the truth behind Burchett’s reports from his travels on the other side of the ideological divide. He details for the first time the insubstantial nature of the allegations of treachery made against Burchett. As Heenan reveals, Burchett numbered among the finest journalists of the twentieth century. He was an extraordinary Australian whose story is one of the greatest political scandals in this country's history.
Publication Details
Name of Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Place of Publication: Carlton, Vic.
Resource Type: Monograph
ISBN: 0522852297
EISBN: 0522852300
Publication Year: 2006
Publication Frequency: Other
Subject Covered: Biography; Journalism