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This is an auction for FRIENDLY FIRE: NUCLEAR POLITICS & THE COLLAPSE OF ANZUS, 1984-1987, by Gerald Hensley

"In 1984, the newly elected Labour Government's anti-nuclear policy collided with a United States foreign policy based on nuclear deterrence. After three years of ship visits denied, angry meetings, fraught diplomacy and press conferences, the stand-off led to the unravelling of the ANZUS military alliance, established in 1951. Based on previously classified government records in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, interviews with protagonists throughout the world, and the author's own involvement in events, Friendly Fire tells the inside story of the dramatic confrontation. We hear what Bob Hawke and George Schultz really thought of David Lange; we see the internal machinations within the Labour Party as Geoffrey Palmer wrestled with what to do about the USS Buchanan's proposed visit while David Lange was stuck in the middle of the Pacific on an old boat; and we see the complex play of cultural loyalties, strategic objectives, and personal relationships that led from policy differences to confrontation to collapse. This is the definitive account of a key turning point in New Zealand history - a dramatic story of powerful personalities arguing key questions on the world stage."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gerald Hensley was trained as a historian at Canterbury University, taking an MA with First Class Honours. He gave outstanding service to the country in the Foreign Ministry and in the Prime Minister's Department before retiring in 1999 as Secretary of Defence. Since retiring he has resumed historical research and writing.

Auckalnd University Press paperback 2013.

318 pages + photographs.

Near new condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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