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            Jacinda Ardern: The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader
             

            Jacinda Ardern: The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader (Hardback)

            By Duff, Michelle

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            Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, is lauded as one of the world's most influential people. Her rise to power has been stellar. In 2017 she became leader of the Labour party just seven weeks before the election at which she claimed the top job.

            ISBN 9781988547169
            Published NZ 21 Oct 2019
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
            Interest Age General Audience
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            Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
             

            Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Chang, Jung

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            The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that `One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country', but there was far more to the... Soong sisters than these caricatures. As China battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, each sister played an important, sometimes critical role, and left an indelible mark on history. Red Sister, Ching-ling, married Sun Yat-sen, founding father of the Chinese republic, and later became Mao's vice-chair. Little Sister, May-ling, was Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of the pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big Sister, Ei-ling, was Chiang's unofficial main adviser. She made herself one of China's richest women - and her husband Chiang's prime minister. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant attacks and mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. The relationship between them was highly charged emotionally, especially once they had embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' world. Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, exile, intrigue, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a monumental journey, from Canton to Hawaii and New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape the history of twentieth-century China.
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            ISBN 9781910702796
            Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
            Publisher Vintage
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            No Ordinary Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Dr Arthur Purchas
             

            No Ordinary Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Dr Arthur Purchas (Paperback)

            By Steele, John

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            Arthur Purchas was said to be perhaps the most gifted person ever to come to this country. Surgeon and doctor, architect, engineer, geologist, explorer, musician, botanist, artist, priest, inventor, in his time he was one of our most prominent citizens. His wide range of accompli...shments includes horticultural and botanical discoveries, musical expertise, significant geological exploration, design and construction of the first M?ngere bridge, and the first European discovery of coal deposits in the Waikato. His architectural designs still stand today among the country's finest heritage buildings. Purchas's mostly unheralded role in the years leading up to the 1861 Land Wars - and documented here in detail - grew from his close relationship with the first two Maori Kings, Te Wherowhero P?tatau and Matutaera, their advisers Tamati Ng?pora and Te Paea, and Kingitanga allies like Wiremu T?mihana and Rewi Maniapoto. He also achieved astonishing success in pioneer abdominal surgery, engineering and the formation of Auckland's foremost cultural institutions such as the Auckland Museum and Society of Arts.
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            ISBN 9781927305584
            Published NZ 4 Oct 2019
            Publisher David Ling Publishing Limited
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            The Lost Boys
             

            The Lost Boys (Hardback)

            By Byrnes, Paul

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            In the First World War of 1914-1918, thousands of boys across Australia and New Zealand lied about their age, forged a parent's signature and left to fight on the other side of the world. Though some were as young as thirteen, they soon found they could die as well as any man. Li...ke Peter Pan's lost boys, they have remained forever young. These are their stories. This extraordinary book captures the incredible and previously untold stories of forty Anzac boys who fought in the First World War, from Gallipoli to the Armistice. Featuring haunting images of the boys taken at training camps and behind the lines, these tales are both heartbreaking and rousing, full of daring, ingenuity, recklessness, random horror and capricious luck. A unique perspective on the First World War, THE LOST BOYS is military history made deeply personal, a powerful homage to youthful bravery and a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of war.
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            ISBN 9781925870503
            Published NZ 29 Oct 2019
            Publisher Affirm Press
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            The Complete MAUS

            The Complete MAUS (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Spiegelman, Art

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            Combined here are Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe. By addressing the Holocaust through cartoons the author captures the everyday reality of fear and the sensation of survival.

            ISBN 9780141014081
            Released NZ 24 Nov 2003
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 13+ years
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            The Sisters of Auschwitz: The true story of two Jewish sisters' resistance in the heart of Nazi territory

            The Sisters of Auschwitz: The true story of two Jewish sisters' resistance in the heart of Nazi territory (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Iperen, Roxane van

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            The life-affirming story of female bravery, Jewish Nazi resistance and surviving the horrors of Auschwitz

            ISBN 9781841883748
            Released NZ 12 Nov 2019
            Publisher Orion Publishing
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            Series The Legacy Trilogy
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            Breaking Ranks
             

            Breaking Ranks (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By McNeish, James

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            "This is the story of three men - a doctor, a soldier and a judge. They are men of rare achievement. The doctor has the gift of saving others but not himself. The soldier disobeys orders and abandons his command post in a bid to die with his men. The judge cares more to uphold a ...principle than save himself from ruin.All three defy convention in a way that exacts a price.The first two, Dr John Saxby and Brigadier Reginald Miles, destroy themselves. The death of the judge, Peter Mahon, is hastened by his stand for truth and justice on behalf of the victims of New Zealand's worst air disaster"--Publisher information.
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            ISBN 9781775540908
            Published NZ 27 Mar 2017
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains
             

            When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains (Trade Paperback / Paperback, ANZ Only)

            By Neumann, Ariana

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            'It's not always a grim story. Alongside anger and despair there is love and hope. But the message is stark. This is the way bullies work. When Time Stopped is more than just history. It's a warning.' Michael Palin In this remarkably moving memoir Ariana Neumann dives into the se...crets of her father's past: years spent hiding in plain sight in wartorn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew. In 1941, the first Neumann family member was taken by the Nazis, arrested in German-occupied Czechoslovakia for bathing in a stretch of river forbidden to Jews. He was transported to Auschwitz. Eighteen days later his prisoner number was entered into the morgue book. Of thirty-four Neumann family members, twenty-five were murdered by the Nazis. One of the survivors was Hans Neumann, who, to escape the German death net, travelled to Berlin and hid in plain sight under the Gestapo's eyes. What Hans experienced was so unspeakable that, when he built an industrial empire in Venezuela, he couldn't bring himself to talk about it. All his daughter Ariana knew was that something terrible had happened. When Hans died, he left Ariana a small box filled with letters, diary entries and other memorabilia. Ten years later Ariana finally summoned the courage to have the letters translated and she began reading. What she discovered launched her on a worldwide search that would deliver indelible portraits of a family loving, finding meaning, and trying to survive amid the worst that can be imagined. When Time Stopped is an unputdownable detective story and an epic family memoir, spanning nearly ninety years and crossing oceans. Neumann brings each relative to vivid life. In uncovering her father's story after all these years, she discovers nuance and depth to her own history and liberates poignant and thought-provoking truths about the threads of humanity that connect us all.
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            ISBN 9781471192937
            Released NZ 1 Mar 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
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            Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership

            Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership (Hardback)

            By Levingston, Steven; Foreword by Dyson, Michael

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            From the Washington Post editor and author of Kennedy and King, a vivid and inspiring account of the bromance that developed between Barack Obama and Joe Biden, which captured Americans' imagination and was unlike any President-Vice President relationship in American history.

            ISBN 9780316487863
            Released NZ 10 Dec 2019
            Publisher Little, Brown
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography

            Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography (Hardback)

            By Bennett, Kate

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            The first behind-the-scenes look at the life of the most enigmatic first lady in United States history, from CNN's East Wing reporter.

            ISBN 9781250307378
            Released NZ 3 Dec 2019
            Publisher St Martin's Press
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