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Letters – Issue 28

Not so blind While Paul White in “(Not) to the consumer’s taste (New Zealand Books, March 1997) substantiates much of his interesting criticism of wine writers, there are a couple of points on which he is factually incorrect. He states…
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War, love and self, Jane Stafford

Blood Money: the incredible true story of David Morris and the tragedy of Somalia  Trisha Stratford Penguin Books, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 26323 3 Escape from Bosnia: Aza’s Story Sue McCauley Shoal Bay Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 908704 42 9…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review

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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A distinct voice, uncovering others Selina Tusitala Marsh

where we once belonged Sia Figiel Pasifica Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 908597 27 4 It’s all about giving voice to a whole generation that is voiceless,” Sia Figiel has said about where we once belonged. 1 And voices we hear.…
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An enhancing option, David Pearson

New Zealand – By the Way Jenner Zimmerman and contributors Jenner Zimmerman, $49.95, ISBN 0 473 03631 2 Immigrants and Citizens: New Zealanders and Asian Immigration in Historical Context Malcolm McKinnon Institute of Policy Studies, $18.00, ISBN 0 908935 0408…
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Pieces in the puzzle, Michael Bassett

John Banks: A Biography Paul Goldsmith Penguin Books, $34.95, ISBN 0 140 26712 3 Over recent years there has been some criticism of commissioned histories. An Australian academic, Louella McCarthy, writing in the New Zealand Journal of History in April…
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Is bias one-sided? Bill Oliver

Muriwhenua Land Report Waitangi Tribunal GP Publications, $99.95 If academic historians need a reminder that they do not have a corner on the past, they could not do better than read this report.  It is a formidable and elaborate intellectual…
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What about the suburbs? Alison Gray

Mum’s the Word: The untold story of motherhood in New Zealand Sue Kedgley Random House, $39.95, ISBN 1 86941 292 3 Striking a Balance: New Zealand women talk about career and family Jillian Stewart and Susan Davis Penguin Books, $24.95,…
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Why fire engines are red, Ian Thynne

Scandal at Cave Creek: A Shocking Failure in Public Accountability Graeme Hunt Waddington Publications in association with the National Business Review, $24.95, ISBN 0 473 03943 5 Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Collapse of a Viewing Platform…
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