Author(s): Matthew Wright
"New Zealand's past has been a rollercoaster ride of hopes, dreams, wars and peace." In his fully revised Illustrated History, noted historian Matthew Wright brings New Zealand's turbulent, exciting past to life, tracing our journey from the arrival of Polynesians over 800 years ago, to the discovery by Europe, race relations, jingoism, devastating world wars, the age of the pavlova paradise, the turbulence of the Springbok tour protests and beyond. Nearly 600 paintings, maps, sketches and photographs from the collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library highlight New Zealand's journey from past into present.
Matthew Wright is one of New Zealand's most published historians, and his work has received both academic and popular recognition. He has written over 50 books on topics ranging from travel guides to biography, engineering, military and social history. He is one of only two historians in New Zealand to have written both a general history of the country and a history of the New Zealand wars. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society at University College, London.