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War games, Ron Palenski

War Blacks: The Extraordinary Story of New Zealand’s World War 1 All Blacks Matt Elliott HarperCollins, $45.00, ISBN 9781775540366 Tom Ellison has a lot to answer for. One of the early All Blacks of erudition and original thought, he wrote a

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No eureka moment, Mark Derby

The Making of New Zealanders Ron Palenski Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869407261 In these febrile times a passing mention of New Zealand in US media can provoke a front-page response from our own. So it’s instructive to discover that

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All credit to the team, Garth Baker

Century in Black: 100 Years of All Black Test Rugby Ron Palenski Hodder Moa Beckett, $69.99, ISBN 1869589378 Heritage: Golden Years of All Black Rugby Paul Verdon Hill-Verdon Publishing, $39.95, ISBN 0958238707 All Black Magic; 100 years of New Zealand

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Traversing cultural contrasts, David Grant

Winters of Revenge: The Bitter Rivalry Between the All Blacks and the Springboks Spiro Zavos Viking, $29.95, ISBN 0 670 87574 0 Lochore: An Authorised Biography As told to Alex Veysey, Gary Caffell, Ron Palenski Hodder Moa Beckett, HB$44.95, ISBN

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The richness of New Zealand sports writing, Ron Palenski

Terry McLean, who professes to dislike being known as the doyen of New Zealand sports writing but who I suspect really is quite flattered by it, often tells a tale of confrontation with a career-driven woman journalist in South Africa.

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