Friendly Fire: Nuclear Politics and the Collapse of ANZUS, 1984-1987

Friendly Fire: Nuclear Politics and the Collapse of ANZUS, 1984-1987


By (author) Gerald Hensley

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  • Publisher: Auckland University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 28mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Auckland
  • ISBN 10: 1869407415
  • ISBN 13: 9781869407414
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports.
  • Sales rank: 590,121

Product description

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 key protagonists from 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.

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Author information

Gerald Hensley was appointed New Zealand Secretary of Defence in 1991 and retired from the public service in 1999, when he was honored with the Companion New Zealand Order of Merit. He is the author of several books, including "Beyond the Battlefield," ""which was a finalist in the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards.

Review quote

"These reflections in tranquility on a fascinating life well spent make marvelous reading. Gerald Hensley is a scholar and a gentleman as well as one of the ablest civil servants of his generation."--Margaret Clark, "Political Science", on "Final Approaches"