June 2008

Essays

Robert Manne

Wilfred Burchett booklist

Tom Heenan, From Traveller to Traitor: The Life of Wilfred Burchett
(Melbourne University Publishing, 2006)

George Burchett & Nick Shimmin, eds, Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist: The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett
(University of New South Wales Press, 2005)

George Burchett & Nick Shimmin, eds, Rebel Journalism: The Writings of Wilfred Burchett
(Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Tibor Méray, On Burchett
(Callistemon Publications, 2008: PO Box 293, Belgrave VIC 3160)

Stephen Endicott & Edward Hagerman, The United States and Biological Warfare: Secrets from the Early Cold War and Korea
(Indiana University Press, 1999)

Jasper Becker, Hungry Ghosts: China's Secret Famine
(Hachette Livre, 1997)

Wilfred Burchett's books are currently out of print.

Robert Manne

Robert Manne is emeritus professor of politics and vice-chancellor’s fellow at La Trobe University. His most recent books are The Mind of the Islamic State and On Borrowed Time.

Cover: June 2008

June 2008

From the front page

Image of prime minister Gough Whitlam addressing reporters outside Parliament after his dismissal by governor-general John Kerr on November 11, 1975.

Palace fetters

An elected Australian government could still be dismissed by the Queen

David Gulpilil at the opening night of the Sydney Film Festival on June 8, 2016.

The many faces of David Gulpilil

Gulpilil’s surrealist performances reveal our collective unconscious

Still from ‘Contempt’

The death of cool: Michel Piccoli, 1925–2020

Re-watching the films of the most successful screen actor of the 20th century

Image of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg

Cluster struck

A second wave of COVID-19 cases is dragging the country down


In This Issue

Keith Windschuttle and Robert Edgerton: a comparison of texts

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Nana Mouskouri & Frank Hardy

‘The Boat’ by Nam Le

Agent of influence

Reassessing Wilfred Burchett


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