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This is an auction for FINAL APPROACHES by Gerald Hensley.

From the NZ Herald:

“Through a long and distinguished career, first as a diplomat, then head of the Prime Minister's Department and finally, before his retirement, as the Secretary of Defence, Hensley enjoyed far more influence than most. As the Prime Minister's most senior adviser, it was his job to come up with the practical solutions to the problems that landed on his boss' desk. In Lange's case, Hensley almost managed the impossible in reconciling Labour's anti-nuclear policy with the US policy of neither confirming nor denying the presence of nuclear weapons on its warships. His account of events in 1984-85 is an important contribution to the understanding of what was perhaps this country's most serious foreign policy crisis. In the end, the proposal to allow a patently non-nuclear warship to make a New Zealand port visit was scuttled by Labour's left-wing, whose suspicions of Hensley's leanings led ultimately to the Cabinet blocking his nomination as Secretary of Defence during Sir Geoffrey Palmer's brief, faltering tenure as Prime Minister. Of that episode, which thrust Hensley on to the front pages after he was placed on full salary on lengthy gardening leave, he says little, only that he set some sort of record "for being fired before I even got to the office." Students of politics and history are indebted to Hensley for providing a fresh take on New Zealand diplomacy in the 1960s and 1970s and the two colossi of New Zealand politics in the 1980s - Lange and Sir Robert Muldoon. The big surprise is Hensley's assessment of Muldoon . . . "

Large format (trade) paperback 2006.

320 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, 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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