Bloody Colonials covers three generations of a Kiwi family through a tumultuous period of history, their ambitions and romances, their achievements, and the heroism of those who survived at home as well as those who went to war. It traces political bungling through the 1930s, the pageant of the Berlin Olympics with its threatening overtones of nationalism and racial tension, and the attitudes of soldiers forced to depend through their loneliness and fear on allies of doubtful reliability. Where the British too sterotyped, the Anzacs too undisciplined? Were any units more important than the New Zealand and Australian divisions?
From all these influences in his family background, Prime Minister Fulchard in the new millennium must sift a mixture of human triumphs and bitter experiences as he wrestles with a fateful, defining decision. This is military and political history with a human face.
Paeprback, 2000, 315pages, very good condition