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Yesterday today, Glyn Harper

How We Remember: New Zealanders and the First World War Charles Ferrall and Harry Ricketts (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864739353 With the centenary of WWI now upon us, a flood of books on New Zealand’s role in that…
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War means stories, David Hill

Ambiguity and Innocence: The New Zealand Division and the Occupation of Trieste, May 1945  Tony Simpson Silver Owl Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780986451980 The Battles of Monte Cassino: The Campaign and its Consequences Glyn Harper and John Tonkin-Covell Allen and Unwin,…
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The invisible hand, Margot Schwass

The Occupiers: New Zealand Veterans Remember Post-war Japan  Alison Parr Penguin Books, $45.00, ISBN 9780143567240 In Love and War: Kiwi Soldiers’ Romantic Encounters in Wartime Italy  Susan Jacobs Penguin Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780143567554 I detoured into these two books while…
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Gentleman’s agreement, Tony Simpson

Other People’s Wars: New Zealand in Afghanistan, Iraq and the War on Terror Nicky Hager  Craig Potton Publishing, $45.00, ISBN 9781877517693 About a year ago, shortly after this book was published, I heard Nicky Hager in an interview deploring the…
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When worlds collide, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman

Guns and Utu: A Short History of the Musket Wars Matthew Wright Penguin Books, $42.00, ISBN 9780143565659 From the time the first accounts of New Zealand’s native inhabitants began to reach Europe, Maori pugnacity and military prowess have featured high…
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Where the heart is, Les Cleveland

Home: Civilian New Zealanders Remember the Second World War Alison Parr Penguin, $50.00, ISBN 9780143203541   Paradoxically, New Zealand was at its best during WWII. Driven by the integrative imagery of the “War Effort”, most of us felt we were…
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Myth and memory, Edmund Bohan

Shattered Glory: The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front Matthew Wright Penguin Books, $45.00, ISBN 9780143020561   The Great Wrong War: New Zealand Society in WWI  Stevan Eldred-Grigg Random House, $55.00, ISBN 9781869792633   In 2007 the…
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Creeping confiscation, Alan Ward

I Shall Not Die: Titokowaru’s War, 1868-1869 James Belich Bridget Williams Books, $39.99, ISBN 9781877242496   In publishing a second edition of this work, first published in 1989, James Belich and Bridget Williams Books show their determination that knowledge and…
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Slow learners, Les Cleveland

Behind Enemy Lines Enemy Lines: Kiwi Freedom Fighters in WWII Matthew Wright (ed) Random House, $39.99, ISBN 9781869790691   A doggerel satire circulating among New Zealand troops in the desert campaigns of 1941-2 complained that General Rommel’s Afrika Korps “chased…
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Maori territory, Mark Derby

Nga Tama Toa: The Price of Citizenship: C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945 Monty Soutar David Bateman, $69.99, ISBN 9781869535933 The East Coast leader Apirana Ngata, for all his political and rhetorical gifts and his unquestioned public-spiritedness, could evidently be…
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