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When Tu commands, Les Cleveland

Maori Battalion: A Poetic Sequence Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Wai-te-ata Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877159115 This sequence of 72 short narrative poems with nine photographs is a loose, anecdotal treatment of the Maori Battalion’s part in World War 2. It also…
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Mytho-history, Les Cleveland

A Near-Run Affair: New Zealanders in the battle for Crete, 1941 Matthew Wright Reed Books, $30.95, ISBN 0790007320 A Unique Sort of Battle: New Zealanders Remember Crete ed Megan Hutching HarperCollins in association with the History Group, Ministry for Culture…
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An assiduous industry Les Cleveland

Scars on the Heart: Two Centuries of New Zealand at War Chris Pugsley with Laurie Barber, Buddy Mikaere, Nigel Prickett, Rose Young David Bateman in association with the Auckland Museum, $69.95, ISBN 1 86953 301 1 New Zealand and the…
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Putting it all behind them, Christopher Pugsley

Dark Laughter: War in Song and Popular Culture Les Cleveland Praeger, US$49.95 ISBN 0275947645 Silent Casualties: New Zealand’s Unspoken Legacy of the Second World War Alison Parr Tandem Press, $29.95 ISBN 0908884672 Whistle As You Go: The Story of the…
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The ski lifts are free, Les Cleveland

You Are Too Old to Drive Dear: Elderspeak and Ageism in an Ageing Society  Sik Hung Ng Victoria University Press, $8.95, ISBN 0 864732813 Beyond Good Intentions: Support Work with Older People  Anne Opie Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University…
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The culture of death – where are the songs? Les Cleveland

Deep Jay: Kiwis At War In Vietnam Rod Eder Tandem Press, $19.95 ISBN 0 908884 55 9 Ensor’s Endeavour Vincent Orange Grub Street, London (also available from PO Box 2319, Christchurch), $59.95, ISBN 1 898 697 043 North From Taranto:…
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June 1992: Music and the arts, House Notes

The Great New Zealand Songbook Les Cleveland, Godwit, Auckland, 1991, $29.95 Les Cleveland’s friendly and informal approach illuminates this collection of 60 New Zealand songs from early ballads to goldrush classics and Ruru Karaitiana’s ‘Blue Smoke’. An excellent introduction is…
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Freyberg as epic hero, Les Cleveland

Bernard Freyberg VC, Soldier of Two Nations Paul Freyberg, Hodder and Stoughton, London/ Auckland, 1991, $69.95 Greatness in a political leader or a soldier can be seen as the ability to direct momentous events to inspire a large number of…
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