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Dirty Politics

How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand's political environment
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"The machiavelian behaviour of Right Wingers"

For this book to come out is at least an attempt to show a more balanced opinion about politics in New Zealand, since all the media whether written, visual or oral is definitely Right Wing. What it perhaps not do change people's minds as to who to vote for, since the book wouldn't be read by a left leaning people who are predominately working class that have been scared to submission by the Business community.

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"Excellent journalism!"
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In short, Nicky has endeavoured to shine a light on a very distasteful side of politics that those engaged in don't want us to know about. Hopefully the light continues to shine and we refuse to accept this kind of behaviour!

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"Dirty Poltics - an expertly written book" Purchased on Mighty Ape

While the topic is controversial, the material is well researched and every assertion is backed up with a reference to a specific document or source. A fine contribution to investigative journalism.

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Early in 2014, Nicky Hager was leaked a large number of email and online conversations from Cameron Slater’s Whale Oil blog. Many of these were between Slater and his personal allies on the hard right, revealing an ugly and destructive style of politics. But there were also many communications with the prime minister’s office and other Cabinet ministers in the National Government. They show us a side of Prime Minister John Key and his government of which most New Zealanders are completely unaware.

Key has constructed an easy-going and relaxed public image, declaring to the public that ‘there’s no room for negative campaigning in New Zealand’. The reality is very different. His government has worked hand in hand with Slater and his collaborators in a sustained campaign of personal attacks against their political enemies, a deliberate but hidden stragegy to avoid being held responsible for negative campaigning.

Dirty Politics continues the story that began in Hager’s best-selling book The Hollow Men, investigating the way that underhand and deceptive politics poisons the political environment for everyone. If you care about integrity and ethics in politics, then this book will be disturbing but essential reading.

About the Author
Nicky Hager is known internationally for his investigative writing. His first book, Secret Power (1996), won him a US journalism prize and led to a yearlong European Parliament inquiry. Since then, his books, contributions to books, and articles have been published in many countries. His 1999 book, Secret and Lies, exposed an unscrupulous public relations campaign and Seeds of Distrust (2002) was a study of political management of the controversial genetic engineering issue. Hager’s fourth book, The Hollow Men (2008), was a detailed exposé of three years of politics within the conservative New Zealand National Party. The book, which prompted the resignation of the party leader when it was released, was adapted into a stage production and feature-length documentary film. His fifth book, Other People’s Wars (2011), is the story of 10 years of New Zealand involvement in the war in Afghanistan and the wider war on terror. It was also adapted into a stage production. All these books were best-sellers and were published by Craig Potton Publishing. Hager has degrees in physics and philosophy, and lives in Wellington.

Release date NZ
August 14th, 2014
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New Zealand
Potton & Burton
Potton & Burton
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