Friendly Fire

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

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In 1984, New Zealand's 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 Britain, New Zealand, Australia and the United States, 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 Australia's Bob Hawke and America's George Schultz really thought of Prime Minister 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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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 28mm | 439.99g
  • Auckland University Press
  • AucklandNew Zealand
  • English
  • New.
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 1869407415
  • 9781869407414
  • 823,403

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"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"

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About Gerald Hensley

Gerald Hensley served as a diplomat for twenty years, before becoming head of the New Zealand Prime Minister's Department under Robert Muldoon and David Lange and then Secretary of Defence from 1991-1999. He is a historian and author of Final Approaches: A Memoir (Auckland University Press, 2006) and Beyond the Battlefield: New Zealand and its Allies, 1939-45 (Penguin, 2009), a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards.

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