NEW ZEALAND by Walter Nash
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Newsworthy -- and of current interest, this should stand for now and later as an authoritative and definitive book on this little known continent. As Minister from New Zealand to Washington he was fully aware of the erroneous conceptions regarding his country over here -- and has written this book to correct them. In New Zealand he has held practically all -- or so it seems -- political posts possible. He describes the achievements of its liberal policies, the emergence in some hundred years span, as proving ground for some of the most far-sighted social, governmental, economic, cultural functions and structures of the democratic world. Here is a thoughtful, clear picture of New Zealand's strategic problems, its record of war to date, at home and abroad. From the lessons of his own country, he projects their application to future international machinery in global organisation and reconstruction, particularly concerned with the Pacific, with China, with Russia. Here are the essentials, practised and proved, of collective organization, woven by New Zealand into a working democratic pattern; here are the instruments of the British Commonwealth's structure and its operation. Here are postwar recommendations carefully enumerated from a practical, interrelated angle. A sound job -- well written.

Pub Date: Oct. 21st, 1943
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce