Title: Breaking Ranks
Authors: McNeish, James
Genre: Non Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 289
Year: 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins
Language: English
Description: A doctor, a soldier and a judge, all men of strong conviction, all men who died prematurely. In his final book, New Zealand literary luminary, James McNeish, brings together three men who defied the Establishment and broke ranks: Dr John Saxby, a pioneering psychiatrist; Brigadier Reginald Miles, a soldier who disobeyed orders and went into battle with his men; and Judge Peter Mahon of Erebus fame.

Presented in a compelling narrative, this highly readable book not only celebrates the lives of these notable men and their contributions to New Zealand, but also considers what it means to be a good New Zealander.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Fascinating stories where narrative fact and analysis are presented in a highly readable form."

"Well written and well researched - the three characters are very well drawn and are brought very much to life."

"Highly recommended book - for the writing, for the histories and for the stories of New Zealanders that shine a light on who we are."

"Where facts are not fully known, McNeish presented interesting and plausible speculations."

"McNeish writes as a raconteur, drawing the reader into his story-telling."

"The writing style will appeal to some but I found that it meandered from biographical detail, personal anecdote, jocular comments and personal observations."

Categories: Non Fiction - New Zealand, Biography, Human Rights, Medical/Health, Morals/Ethics, Political, Social commentary/perspectives, Tragedy/disaster, 2019 Titles


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