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Warren Mundine In Black + White
Race, Politics and Changing Australia
Warren’s Mundine’s raw, intimate memoir shines a bright and inspiring light on the struggle of Australia’s Indigenous people in a white world.
This new edition includes a chapter on the importance of reclaiming work as a virtue and Warren’s deeply held belief that the mindset of work as something negative is allowing many Australian families and communities to be destroyed.
Warren’s curriculum vitae runs into pages of honours, appointments and awards, so it’s extraordinary to consider that, as an Aboriginal boy in the 1950s, he was a second-class citizen, born into a world of segregation and discrimination that few Australians today are truly aware of.
One of eleven children in a poor Catholic family, Warren has been on a remarkable journey. From his early life in country NSW, with only one pair of shoes and a single bed shared with three of his brother, to today where he frequents the highest echelons of power and business, Warren is regarded by many as one of Australia’s national treasures.
From traditional ceremonies in outback Australia, to behind the scenes betrayals to sitting at the table with world leaders and telling them precisely what he thinks the solutions are for the nation, Warren is one of the most significant and engaging personalities in today’s spectrum.
Warren gives all Australians hope in this great and, until now, untold story of Australia.
In Black+White is a stirring story of an Indigenous life woven into the very fabric of Australia and its politics.
“One of this country’s most important writers on the vexed and sensitive issues of black and white Australia, politics and race.” – Caroline Overington
“Warren’s a fighter… He looked at Lionel Rose – our greatest champion – through the eyes of a boy and learnt the greatest lesson of our lives: stay on your feet.” – Stan Grant
“A gripping read written by an outstanding Indigenous Australian -both confronting and inspiring”
“A raw and compelling story… an intimate read about a boy who refused to know his place…”
“The Mundine’s are fighters. Like me he looked at Lionel Rose – our great champion – through the eyes of a boy and learnt the greatest lesson of our lives: stay on your feet.”
“If Warren can achieve what he has in his life then any Aboriginal child can achieve his or her dreams. I recommend this book to all Australians.”
“Self-mocking, brazenly honest…He readily admits his mistakes. He’s always moving on with optimism and hope… No wonder prime ministers on both sides have sought his counsel. His autobiography is a ripping yarn.”
“An extraordinary tale of overcoming discrimination, political betrayal and a belief in the power of economic opportunity…I couldn’t put it down, I was supposed to be skimming through it and it’s such a rocker of a read…I don’t recommend books very often, but I do recommend this. Congratulations on a wonderful book.”
“We (Peta Credlin & Alan Jones) share a great regard and great respect for a man I regard as a great Australian, Warren Mundine…He has written a most provocative book, which is compulsory reading. It’s a virtual history of Australia…The book is compulsory reading…Keep dishing it up to them, Warren.”
“…and there’s an awful lot including a very special Australian who’s got a very important book out. You’ve got to buy one for yourself and someone else for Christmas because it’s that damn good…Warren Mundine has an incredible book out about his life, about our country and about where we go. It’s a stunning read…”
“This book caught me by surprise. The stories Warren Mundine tells of his parents and grandparents, of his own childhood and his brothers and sisters are very interesting. It is very clear that Mundine’s life itself informs his ideas – whether they be moral, intellectual or political. He is not an academic, but someone who must experience the world for himself first hand. This book is well worth your time. A very well written and thought provoking read.”
“I’m convinced Warren Mundine in Black + White should be a textbook for all high school students. It makes me really determined to ensure nothing like this could happen again… offering valuable insight into Aboriginal history.”