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The long and the short of it, Jock Phillips

A Peculiar Gentleman: George Rusden – A Life 
John O’Leary
Australian Scholarly, $50.00,
ISBN 9781925333404

The World, the Flesh and the Devil: The Life and Opinions of Samuel Marsden in England and the Antipodes, 1765-1838
Andrew Sharp
Auckland University Press, $75.00,
ISBN 9781869408121

There are many similarities between these two books. Both are biographies, both are well-written, intelligent works, and both treat subjects with unusual ideas about race relations. More significantly, both books concern men, Samuel Marsden, missionary, and George Rusden, historian, who were English-born, but spent much of their lives near Sydney (before Rusden moved to Melbourne), and then achieved their greatest fame and influence through an involvement with New Zealand.

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Standing to reason, Denis Welch

To Build a Nation: Collected Writings 1975-1999 Bruce Jesson (ed Andrew Sharp) Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 0143020528 New Rights New Zealand: Myths, Moralities and Markets  Dolores Janiewski and Paul Morris Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 1869403452 I first saw Bruce Jesson

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Strong constitutions, Andrew Sharp

Constitutional Conversations: Geoffrey Palmer Talks to Kim Hill on National Radio 1994-2001 Geoffrey Palmer Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 086473445X On the Left: Essays on Socialism in New Zealand ed Pat Moloney and Kerry Taylor University of Otago Press, $39.95,

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Argument without end, Michael King

The Shaping of History: Essays from The New Zealand Journal of History ed Judith Binney Bridget Williams Books, $49.95, ISBN 1877242179 Histories, Power and Loss: Uses of the Past – a New Zealand Commentary ed Andrew Sharp and Paul McHugh

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The need for success, Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Leap Into The Dark – The Changing Role of the State in New Zealand Since 1984 Andrew Sharp (ed) Auckland University Press, $34.95 One of the depressing features of New Zealand is the lack of sustained intellectual policy debate on

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