Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Friendly fire: nuclear politics and the collapse of ANZUS, 1984-1987 by Gerald Hensley
Thursday 6 June 5:30 pm
Central City Library, Whare Wananga,
Talk and Q&A 5.30-6.15pm,
followed by light refreshments and the opportunity to talk further with Gerald
Join us as Gerald Hensley, in
conversation with journalist Richard Harman, tells the inside story on what
happened when the Labour government's "nuclear free" policy collided
with a US foreign policy based on nuclear deterrence.
His new book, Friendly
Fire: Nuclear Politics and the Collapse of ANZUS, 1984–1987(AUP) is a definitive account of a key turning point in New
Zealand history involving ship visits denied, angry meetings, fraught diplomacy
and free-wheeling press conferences, culminating in the unravelling of the
ANZUS military alliance, established in 1951.
Gerald Hensley (right) was a participant in
these events as head of the Prime Minister's Department. He has drawn on his
personal knowledge, interviews from key players around the world and previously
classified government files in New Zealand, the US, Australia and Britain, to
guide us through the complex play of cultural loyalties, strategic objectives,
and personal relationships that led from policy differences to confrontation to
collapse. Also for Wellingtonians: Please join us on Wednesday 5 June to hear Gerald Hensley's
talk "Friendly Fire:
what happens when allies quarrel"
We look forward to seeing you on L4, ASB House, 101 The
Terrace - the talk starts at 12.15pm.