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            Lessons from the Edge: A Memoir
             

            Lessons from the Edge: A Memoir (Hardback)

            By Yovanovitch, Marie

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            An inspiring and urgent memoir by the ambassador who electrified the nation by speaking truth to power

            ISBN 9780358457541
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            The Hong Kong Diaries
             

            The Hong Kong Diaries (Hardback)

            By Patten, Chris

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            • Pub Date
              5 Jul 22

            In June 1992 Chris Patten went to Hong Kong as the last British governor, to try to prepare it not - as other British colonies over the decades - for independence, but for handing back in 1997 to the Chinese, from whom most of its territory had been leased 99 years previously. Ov...er the next five years he kept this diary, which describes in detail how Hong Kong was run as a British colony and what happened as the handover approached. The book gives unprecedented insights into negotiating with the Chinese, about how the institutions of democracy in Hong Kong were (belatedly) strengthened and how Patten sought to ensure that a strong degree of self-government would continue after 1997. Unexpectedly, his opponents included not only the Chinese themselves, but some British businessmen and civil service mandarins upset by Patten's efforts, for whom political freedom and the rule of law in Hong Kong seemed less important than keeping on the right side of Beijing. The book concludes with an account of what has happened in Hong Kong since the handover, a powerful assessment of recent events and Patten's reflections on how to deal with China - then and now.
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            ISBN 9780241560495
            Released NZ 5 Jul 2022
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Gunfire Lullabies
              

            Gunfire Lullabies (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Hoogstad, Nore

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            Jakarta, 1998. Junior Australian diplomat Ava Vuyk is on her first overseas posting when she's assigned the conflict-ridden issue of East Timor with its twenty-three year independence struggle. The new Indonesian regime announces a vote in which the East Timorese will choose thei...r future, but the military and local militia oppose it, launching a brutal campaign of terror and destruction. Amid the turmoil, Ava must decide whether she'll gloss over the spiralling violence as her domineering ambassador demands, or report the truth in the hope the Australian government will intervene. In East Timor, teenage farmer Isabel is kidnapped by militia leader Gabriel as his sex slave after her brother escapes into the jungle rather than join his group. Alone but hopeful, she waits to be rescued. When a human rights group asks her to spy on Gabriel, she's seduced by the promise she'll be reunited her with her family. Gunfire Lullabies-written by former diplomat, political advisor and press secretary Nore Hoogstad-is a gut-wrenching fictionalised account inspired by real life events that won't fail to fascinate and enthral. Highly recommended. Nore guides us through the conflict in East Timor, and a clash between official duties in service of the state, versus human convictions and emotions. Each of us has a choice to make, whether to fulfil our contractual duty or our higher moral one - the dictates of the state versus those of the soul. -J. Ramos-Horta, President of Timor-Leste, 2007-2012.
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            ISBN 9780645128932
            Publisher Nore Hoogstad
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            Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace

            Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace (Hardback)

            By Blattman, Christopher

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            The truth is, warfare shouldn't happen - and most of the time it doesn't. Around the world there are millions of hostile rivalries at any given moment and yet only a tiny fraction erupt into prolonged fighting. Most books on conflict forget this. So in those rare instances of war..., what broke down and kept the sides from compromise? From unchecked interests and intangible incentives, through uncertainty commitment problems and misperceptions, this peerlessly authoritative and thought-provoking book shows that there are only so many logical possibilities for why we fight and how by knowing them we can act to prevent war altogether. Drawing on the latest research in behavioural economics; gripping, counterintuitive examples from the long history of warfare around the world; and distinguished professor Christopher Blattman's own experience in warzones, we see, for example, how queens have waged war more than kings; that the homicide rate in the ganglands of Medellin, Columbia is lower than you think; and that even monkeys have an innate righteousness. In an accessible, intuitive structure framed around causes and solutions, Why We Fight is a hopeful book, with answers to some of history's most important questions. In an age of growing isolationism and the weakening of global institutions, this book couldn't be timelier.
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            ISBN 9780241444504
            Released NZ 28 Apr 2022
            Publisher Penguin
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            Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace
             

            Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Blattman, Christopher

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            • Pub Date
              5 Jul 22

            The truth is, warfare shouldn't happen - and most of the time it doesn't. Around the world there are millions of hostile rivalries at any given moment and yet only a tiny fraction erupt into prolonged fighting. Most books on conflict forget this. So in those rare instances of war..., what broke down and kept the sides from compromise? From unchecked interests and intangible incentives, through uncertainty commitment problems and misperceptions, this peerlessly authoritative and thought-provoking book shows that there are only so many logical possibilities for why we fight and how by knowing them we can act to prevent war altogether. Drawing on the latest research in behavioural economics; gripping, counterintuitive examples from the long history of warfare around the world; and distinguished professor Christopher Blattman's own experience in warzones, we see, for example, how queens have waged war more than kings; that the homicide rate in the ganglands of Medellin, Columbia is lower than you think; and that even monkeys have an innate righteousness. In an accessible, intuitive structure framed around causes and solutions, Why We Fight is a hopeful book, with answers to some of history's most important questions. In an age of growing isolationism and the weakening of global institutions, this book couldn't be timelier.
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            ISBN 9780241444511
            Released NZ 5 Jul 2022
            Publisher Penguin
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            The Perils of Interpreting: The Extraordinary Lives of Two Translators between Qing China and the British Empire

            The Perils of Interpreting: The Extraordinary Lives of Two Translators between Qing China and the British Empire (Hardback)

            By Harrison, The Perils of Interpreting Henrietta

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            An impressive new history of China's relations with the West-told through the lives of two language interpreters who participated in the famed Macartney embassy in 1793 The 1793 British embassy to China, which led to Lord George Macartney's fraught encounter with the Qianlong emp...eror, has often been viewed as a clash of cultures fueled by the East's disinterest in the West. In The Perils of Interpreting, Henrietta Harrison presents a more nuanced picture, ingeniously shifting the historical lens to focus on Macartney's two interpreters at that meeting-Li Zibiao and George Thomas Staunton. Who were these two men? How did they intervene in the exchanges that they mediated? And what did these exchanges mean for them? From Galway to Chengde, and from political intrigues to personal encounters, Harrison reassesses a pivotal moment in British-China relations. She shows that Chinese familiarity with the West existed, but growing tensions endangered those who embraced both cultures and would eventually culminate in the Opium Wars. Harrison demonstrates that the Qing court's ignorance about the British did not simply happen, but was manufactured through the repression of cultural go-betweens like Li and Staunton. She traces Li's influence as Macartney's interpreter, the pressures Li faced in China as a result, and his later years in hiding. Staunton interpreted successfully for the British East India Company in Canton, but as Chinese anger grew against British imperial expansion in South Asia, he was compelled to flee to England. Harrison contends that in silencing expert voices, the Qing court missed an opportunity to gain insights that might have prevented a losing conflict with Britain. Uncovering the lives of two overlooked figures, The Perils of Interpreting offers a valuable argument for cross-cultural understanding in a better-connected world.
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            ISBN 9780691225456
            Released NZ 1 May 2022
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
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            News After Trump: Journalism's Crisis of Relevance in a Changed Media Culture
             

            News After Trump: Journalism's Crisis of Relevance in a Changed Media Culture (Paperback)

            By Carlson, Matt; Robinson, Sue; Lewis, Seth C.

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            • Pub Date
              19 May 22

            Donald Trump might have been the loudest and most powerful voice maligning the integrity of news media in a generation, but his unrelenting attacks draw from a stew of resentment, wariness, cynicism, and even hatred toward the press that has been simmering for years. At one time,... journalism's centrality in reporting and interpreting important events was relatively unquestioned when a limited number of channels and voices produced a consensus-based news environment. The collapse of this environment has sparked a moment of reckoning within and outside journalism, particularly as professional news outlets struggle to remain solvent. Alternative voices compete for attention with and criticize the work and motivations of journalists, even as a growing number of journalists question their core norms and practices. News After Trump considers these struggles over journalism to be about the very relevance of journalism as an institutional form of knowledge production. At the heart of this questioning is a struggle to define what truthful accounts look like and who ought to create them or determine them in a rapidly changing media culture. Through an extensive accounting of Trump's relationship with the press, and drawing on in-depth interviews with journalists and textual analysis of news events, editorials, social media, and trade-press discussions, the book rethinks the relevance of journalism by recognizing the limits of objectivity and the way in which journalism positions certain actors as authority figures while rendering the less socially powerful invisible or flawed. This ethos of detachment has staved off vital questions about how journalism connects to its audiences, how it creates enduring value in people's lives (or not), and how diversity needs to be understood jointly at the level of production, reporting, and audience in order to rebuild trust.
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            ISBN 9780197550359
            Released NZ 19 May 2022
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
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            Series Journalism and Political Communication Unbound
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            America's Road to Empire: Foreign Policy from Independence to World War One
             

            America's Road to Empire: Foreign Policy from Independence to World War One (Hardback)

            By Gleijeses, Piero

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            America's Road to Empire surveys and analyses United States foreign relations from the country's independence in 1776 until its entry into World War One in 1917, using primary source materials and case studies. The book covers key themes including: - the role that notions of whit...e superiority played in US foreign policy - the search for absolute security that repeatedly led the United States to trample on the liberties of other countries; - and the idea of American 'exceptionalism' - the clash between the idealism of US rhetoric and its actions - which has led to a persistent failure to understand how European U.S. policy actually was. Whilst providing analytical overview, Piero Gleijeses also uses case studies which examine overlooked aspects of U.S. foreign policy, particularly concerning marginalized populations. He draws on archival U.S. and European primary sources and incorporates the latest research from the US, British, French and Spanish archives, as well as newspapers from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Spain, and Mexico. A highly original account of the United States' rise to power drawing on multilingual scholarship, this is an important book for all students and scholars of United States foreign relations up to the First World War.
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            ISBN 9781350028678
            Released NZ 2 Dec 2021
            Publisher BLOOMSBURY ACADEMIC
            Interest Age 19+ years
            Series New Approaches to International History
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            New Zealand's Foreign Service: A History
              

            New Zealand's Foreign Service: A History (Hardback)

            Edited by McGibbon, Ian

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            • Pub Date
              11 Aug 22

            Since 1943, during war, humanitarian and natural disasters and flashpoints of global tension, one government department has been charged with the critical role of representing New Zealand's interests overseas.

            ISBN 9781991016027
            Published NZ 11 Aug 2022
            Publisher Massey University Press
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            A Promised Land

            A Promised Land (Hardback)

            By Obama, Barack

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            In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and th...e landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil. Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office. Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune's Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden. A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective-the story of one man's bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of "hope and change," and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at
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            ISBN 9780241491515
            Released NZ 18 Nov 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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