Tony Simpson Book Launch
Grant Robertson MP
Unity Books 57 Willis Street
Thursday 5 March 6pm
In Before Hobson, his latest book, social historian Tony Simpson uses previously unpublished sources from the United States to explore what lies behind the Treaty of Waitangi by plunging us vividly into the world of the early nineteenth century: the British governments of the day, the trading and whaling economy of the South Pacific, prevalent world views, evangelical missionary activity and influence, and the financial communities in London and Sydney. No-one, including the missionaries, comes away unscathed.
Tony Simpson has been one of New Zealand’s best known historians since the publication of the award winning Sugarbag Years in 1974. He is the author of fifteen published books and has worked as a journalist, a radio broadcaster, a reviewer and as a cultural and political commentator over many decades.
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