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This is an auction for FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE: A BIOGRAPHY OF MICHAEL JOSEPH SAVAGE by Barry Gustafson.

"In this biography political scientist Barry Gustafson documents, interprets and evaluates Savage's life, from his birth and upbringing in Australia to his election and death in office as New Zealand's first Labour Prime Minister."

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"Michael Joseph Savage (1872–1940) was the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand. He is known as the architect of the welfare state and is regarded as one of New Zealand's greatest Prime Ministers. He was given the title New Zealander of the Century by The New Zealand Herald in 1999... During the depression, Savage toured the country, and became an iconic figure. An excellent speaker, he became the most visible politician in the land, and led Labour to victory in the 1935 election. Along with the Premiership he appointed himself the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Maori Affairs. The first Labour government proved popular and easily won the 1938 general election with an increased popular mandate. He died from cancer in 1940. Savage led the country into World War II, officially declaring war on Nazi Germany on 3 September 1939, just hours after Britain. Unlike Australia, which felt obligated to declare war, as it too had not ratified the Statute of Westminster, New Zealand did so as a sign of allegiance to Britain, and in recognition of Britain's abandoning its former appeasement of the dictators, a policy that New Zealand had opposed..."

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Hardback 1986.

369 pages.

Photographs and other illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95. If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95..

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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