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The decent society, John Pagani

The Bolger Years 1990-1997 Margaret Clark (ed)  Dunmore Publishing, $37.95,  ISBN 9781877399336 I have to confess to having taunted Margaret Clark in the past for her incuriosity. A few years ago she demanded in a newspaper answers and explanations from…
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Not quite Camelot, Simon Upton

For the Record: Lange and the Fourth Labour Government ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Publishing, $34.95, ISBN 1877399108 The hold-a-conference, publish-a-book industry continues in full swing with the appearance of For the Record: Lange and the Fourth Labour Government. This volume,…
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JMT rules, ok, Laurence Jenkins

John Mansfield Thomson: Notes towards a Biography ed Margaret Clark with Jim Collinge and Martin Lodge Steele Roberts, $39.95, ISBN 1877228923 Those of us who crossed paths with John Mansfield Thomson, and there are legions, inevitably came away from any…
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Absolutely positive it’s dead? Tim Hazledine

Muldoon Revisited ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864694652 What were you doing the day Robert Muldoon died? I was in Auckland, very recently returned to this country after 20 years overseas. I watched the coverage of the death…
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“Something like a cult”, Margaret Clark

Treasury: The New Zealand Treasury 1840-2000 Malcolm McKinnon Auckland University Press, $50, ISBN 1869402960 At the launch of this book a former assistant secretary to the Treasury pointed out to me that this is an administrative history of the Treasury,…
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Steady as she goes, Colin James

Holyoake’s Lieutenants ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 8864694369 I came across Norm Shelton a day or two after Jack Marshall sacked him in February 1972 at the end of the Holyoake era. He had a pile of complimentary…
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Meet the monsters, Tony Simpson

Three Labour Leaders: Nordmeyer, Kirk, Rowling  ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 086469394X Mirrors on the Hill: Reflections on New Zealand’s Political Leaders  Keith Eunson Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 086469385 To the uninitiated, looking in askance from without, politics…
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Having the numbers, Margaret Clark

Bolger: A View from the Top Jim Bolger Penguin, $44.95, ISBN 0670 88369 7 This account of Jim Bolger’s seven years as Prime Minister has the great virtue of being written while events were still fresh in his mind. In…
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An (extra)ordinary bloke, Margaret Clark

His Way: A Biography of Robert Muldoon Barry Gustafson Auckland University Press, $59.95, ISBN 1 86940 236 7   Sir Robert Muldoon was the dominant figure in the political life of a generation of New Zealanders. He was Minister of…
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Why she did it, Margaret Clark

Making a Difference Ruth Richardson Shoal Bay Press, $29.95, ISBN 0908704313 When Ruth Richardson announced last year that she was leaving Parliament, journalists at the press conference asked if she was bitter. “I do not have a bitter bone in…
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