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Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly

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Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly by Nicola Muir Book Summary:

A charmingly told story of the godwit bird’s epic migration, touching on waves of human migration on the way.

The Godwits Fly

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The Godwits Fly by Robin Hyde Book Summary:

A reissue of a New Zealand classic novel, with an extensive introduction by Patrick Sandbrook, one of the group of scholars working on the Hyde project. Strongly autobiographical, The Godwits Fly vividly evokes the complexities of family life and the intensely felt world of a single-minded young woman in Wellington in the 1930s.

The Long, Long Journey

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The Long, Long Journey by Sandra Markle Book Summary:

Crackle! Crackle! Crunch! What's hatching from that egg? It's a young bar-tailed godwit. She will spend the summer in Alaska learning to fly, find her own food, and escape from scary predators. Her long, long journey begins in October when she flies to New Zealand. This 7,000-mile flight is the longest nonstop bird migration ever recorded. Follow along on her amazing voyage!

Circle

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Circle by Jeannie Baker Book Summary:

In an infinity of sky, tiny godwit birds follow ancient, invisible migratory pathways, flying on and on for nine nights and nine days, flying without rest... This is their story. "A breathtaking picture book" The Bookseller From the creator of the critically acclaimed Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Mirror, comes a poetic, eco-conscious picture book which explores the complex, interdependency of nature. This is the story of the little-known Bar-tailed Godwit who, following invisible pathways that have been used for thousands of years, undertakes the longest unbroken migration of any bird, a total of 11,000 kilometres, flying from their breeding grounds in Alaska across the Pacific Ocean to Australia or New Zealand. Facing hunger and treacherous conditions to reach their destination, their flight is one of bravery, tenacity and strength, and Jeannie's stunning mixed media collages, inspired first-hand by the spectacular landscapes of Alaska and China, will amaze readers, and take them on an extraordinary visual journey to the corners of our Earth.

The Book of Iris

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The Book of Iris by Derek Challis,Gloria Rawlinson Book Summary:

Brilliant, beautiful, difficult and doomed, Iris Wilkinson (known as the writer Robin Hyde) led a short, tumultuous and incredibly productive life. Here her story is told for the first time in a dramatic and deeply moving narrative. Researched by both authors from 1965 to 1971, it was written in a first draft by Iris Wilkinson's friend Gloria Rawlinson; since Rawlinson's death in 1995 it has been revised and completed by Derek Challis, Wilkinson's son. It includes appalling accounts of hidden pregnancies, harsh experience as a solo mother, dependence on drugs, intimate acquaintance with sexism and poverty, mental breakdown, and a perilous trip to China in wartime. There are deep friendships and hurtful betrayals. Always there is dedicated and determined commitment to writing.

The Homing Instinct

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The Homing Instinct by Bernd Heinrich Book Summary:

“A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals . . . A special treat for readers of natural history” (Kirkus Reviews). Every year, many species make the journey from one place to another, following the same paths and ending up in the same places. Every year since boyhood, the acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has done the same, returning to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. Which led him to wonder: What is the biology in humans of this primal pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing? In The Homing Instinct, Heinrich explores the fascinating mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are used by many creatures to locate their homes with pinpoint accuracy; and how even the tiniest of songbirds are equipped for solar and magnetic orienteering over vast distances. And he reminds us that to discount our human emotions toward home is to ignore biology itself. “A graceful blend of science and memoir . . . [Heinrich’s] ability to linger and simply be there for the moment when, for instance, an elderly spider descends from a silken strand to take the insect he offers her is the heart of his appeal.” —Julie Zickefoose, The Wall Street Journal “Deep and insightful writing.” —David Gessner, The Washington Post

Nor the Years Condemn

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Nor the Years Condemn by Robin Hyde Book Summary:

'They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.' The line from the Anzac verse provides the title for this novel, in which Robin Hyde shows the predicament of returned servicemen and women after the First World War. Through the story of Douglas Stark, we see the many ways in which New Zealand was failing their expectations. It was not the 'land fit for heroes' they had fought for, but a changing society moving through the tough times of the twenties and thirties.

Yolaska the Godwit

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Yolaska the Godwit by Marlene J. Bennetts Book Summary:

Yolaska the Godwit is a children's picture book about one of our unique migrating birds, the Alaskan Bar Tailed Godwit (Kuaka). The godwits return to New Zealand every February/March from Alaska to feed and build their reserves for their return flight.

Dragon Rampant

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Dragon Rampant by Robin Hyde Book Summary:

Follow this distinguished author down the rabbit hole as she discovers the barbaric realities of the Japanese occupation of China in the late 1930s. A war that would eventually merge with World War Two is painted with the lyrical prose that only Robin Hyde could deliver. Hyde is a lone female journalist desperately evading the Japanese censors to send her accounts to Woman To-Day. She was the very first female journalist to visit these parts of China during this time. She encounters death, poverty, sickness and brutality as well as pockets of kindness on her journey. Experience this once in a lifetime adventure with Robin Hyde as your guide into the unknown and exotic. A treasure to read.

Check to your king

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Check to your king by N.A Book Summary:

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The Book of Iris

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The Book of Iris by Derek Challis,Gloria Rawlinson Book Summary:

Brilliant, beautiful, difficult and doomed, Iris Wilkinson (known as the writer Robin Hyde) led a short, tumultuous and incredibly productive life. Here her story is told for the first time in a dramatic and deeply moving narrative. Researched by both authors from 1965 to 1971, it was written in a first draft by Iris Wilkinson's friend Gloria Rawlinson; since Rawlinson's death in 1995 it has been revised and completed by Derek Challis, Wilkinson's son. It includes appalling accounts of hidden pregnancies, harsh experience as a solo mother, dependence on drugs, intimate acquaintance with sexism and poverty, mental breakdown, and a perilous trip to China in wartime. There are deep friendships and hurtful betrayals. Always there is dedicated and determined commitment to writing.

Wednesday's Children

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Wednesday's Children by Robin Hyde Book Summary:

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Little Godwit finds his Wings

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Little Godwit finds his Wings by Emily Lim-Leh,John Lim Book Summary:

Little Godwit hatches late and learns that his flock has left to escape the cold Arctic. Soon, he meets different birds who try to make him fit in with them. Little Godwit has to decide if he should stay with these birds or keep flying. How will he find his way? Join Little Godwit on his epic journey across the world in this uplifting story about discovering one’s strengths.

Passport to Hell

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Passport to Hell by Robyn Hyde Book Summary:

Passport to Hell is the story of James Douglas Stark—"Starkie"—and his war. Journalist and novelist Robin Hyde came across Starkie while reporting in Mt Eden Gaol in the 1930s and immediately knew she had to write his "queer true terrible story." Born in Southland and finding himself in early trouble with the law, the young Starkie tricked his way into a draft in 1914 by means of a subterfuge involving whisky and tea. He had a subsequent checkered career in Egypt, Gallipoli, Armentières, the Somme, and Ypres. Hyde portrays a man carousing in the brothels of Cairo and the estaminets of Flanders; looting a dead man's money-belt and filching beer from the Tommies; attempting to shoot a sergeant through a lavatory door in a haze of absinthe, yet carrying his wounded captain back across No Man's Land; a man recommended for the V.C. and honored for his bravery—but also subject to nine court martials. It is a portrait of a singular individual who has also been described as the quintessential New Zealand soldier.

Flight Lines

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Flight Lines by Andrew Darby Book Summary:

As the sun lowered and turned Gulf St Vincent fiery, they each called a high-pitched 'peeooowiii!', flashed their black wing-pits, spread their tail skirts and took flight. Andrew Darby follows the odysseys of two Grey Plovers, little-known migratory shorebirds, as they take previously uncharted ultramarathon flights from the southern coast of Australia to Arctic breeding grounds. On these extraordinary flights they chance predators, typhoon weather and exhaustion before they can breed, and maybe return to familiar southern feeding grounds. But the greatest threat to these, and other long-distance migrants on the flyway, is China's dragon economy, engulfing their vital Yellow Sea staging spots. The author meets the dedicated people working to save these intrepid birds, from Russia to Alaska, and the rim of the Arctic Sea to the coasts of the Southern Ocean. Out of their hard-won science he finds hope for the birds - a bright light for our times. But his journey to understand this work and these birds almost ends when he is suddenly diagnosed with an incurable cancer. Then he finds science coming to his rescue too. 'An epic journey soaring on the wings of feather-scraps. Exquisitely told.' - Wendy Harmer, writer and broadcaster 'The greatest story ever recorded in the study of migration' - Tim Flannery, The Australian 'A tender account of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Australia's shorebirds in their extraordinary pursuit of eternal spring, and the scientists who fight to preserve their flyways.' - Penny Olsen, author of Night Parrot 'A magnificent and personal account of the world we share with migratory shorebirds' - Heather Rose, author of the award-winning novel, Museum of Modern Love and Bruny

Living on the Wind

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Living on the Wind by Scott Weidensaul Book Summary:

Scott Weidensaul follows hawks over the Mexican coastal plains, Bar-tailed Godwits that hitchhike on gale winds 7,000 miles nonstop across the Pacific from Alaska to New Zealand, and the Myriad Songbirds whose numbers have dwindled so dramatically in recent years.

The Simple Science of Flight

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The Simple Science of Flight by Hendrik Tennekes Book Summary:

From the smallest gnat to the largest aircraft, all things that fly obey the same aerodynamic principles. The Simple Science of Flight offers a leisurely introduction to the mechanics of flight and, beyond that, to the scientific attitude that finds wonder in simple calculations, forging connections between, say, the energy efficiency of a peanut butter sandwich that fuels your body and that of the kerosene that fuels a jumbo jet. It is the product of a lifetime of watching and investigating the way flight happens. He covers paper airplanes, kites, gliders, and human-powered flying machines as well as birds and insects, explaining difficult concepts like lift, drag, wing loading, and cruising speed through many fascinating comparisons, anecdotes, and examples. Equations, often the best shorthand to explain and connect phenomena, are integrated seamlessly into the flow of the text in such a way that even math-phobic readers should not be put off. Tennekes begins with a simple comparison of the relative fuel consumption of hummingbirds, cars, and airplanes, then turns to the relations between an airplane's weight, its wing area, and its cruising speed. After showing that it is possible to collect data on all flying creatures and flying machines in a single "Great Flight Diagram", he looks at energetics through the considerable efforts of a little 35-gram bird in a wind tunnel. There are stories on the effects of headwinds, tailwinds, and weather conditions on both birds and planes, on the elegance of the mechanics that makes flight possible, and on the aerodynamics of sophisticated flying toys.

Your Unselfish Kindness

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Your Unselfish Kindness by Robin Hyde Book Summary:

Journalist Robin Hyde struggled with drug addiction resulting from a botched operation, depresssion and single motherhood twice over. All before she was 30. As a voluntary patient in a residential clinic, she produced a book of poems, a collection of short stories, major novels and several manuscripts of autobiographical writings, some written as part of her therapy.

Paradise Reforged

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Paradise Reforged by James Belich Book Summary:

The sequel to the best-selling Making Peoples, which was a bestseller and award-winner in New Zealand. It picks up where Making Peoples ended - at the beginning of the 20th century. The volume presents an account of a country which in 100 years undergone massive changes as a flood of "Pakeha" (European) immigrants built on the land opportunities opened by the ferocious British-Maori wars of the 19th century. Torn between British and Maori identities, New Zealanders have successfully craeted a new nation but one in which the tensiosn and injustices of its founding are never far from the surface.

Miss Ranskill Comes Home

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Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd Book Summary:

Tells the tale of a woman who goes on a cruise and is swept overboard. She lives for three years on a desert island before being rescued by a destroyer in 1943. When she returns to England it seems to her to have gone mad: she cannot buy clothes without 'coupons', and she is considered uncivilised if she walks barefoot or is late for meals.

The Making of a Marchioness

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The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett Book Summary:

"The Making of a Marchioness" is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was followed by a sequel, The Methods of Lady Walderhurst, but both have been subsequently published together, either under the original name "The Making of a Marchioness" or as "Emily Fox-Seton". Emily Fox-Seton is a young woman of good birth but no money who works as a companion and assistant for various members of the upper class. Her chief employer is Lady Maria Bayne, who is both very selfish and very funny, although she does come to care for Emily. In a "Cinderella-like" ending, Emily eventually marries a much older man, James, the Marquess of Walderhurst, thus herself becoming a marchioness. In the sequel, originally "The Methods of Lady Walderhurst", Emily has Walderhurst's child, and his former heir, Alec Osborn, attempts to regain what he sees as his birthright.

Miss Buncle's Book

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Miss Buncle's Book by D. E. Stevenson Book Summary:

Struggling to make ends meet, Barbara Buncle writes a novel inspired by the residents of her village, and not only does it leave the town in an uproar, but the events that happen in the book begin to happen to their real-life counterparts.

The Young Pretenders

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The Young Pretenders by Edith Henrietta Fowler Book Summary:

"A children's book whose sophistication, humour and ironies are nowadays appreciated by both children (aged about 9-13) and adults. Babs lives most contentedly in a large house in the country with her grandmother, her nanny and her brother (their parents are in 'Inja'). Then their grandmother dies and they are sent to live in Kensington with their uncle and his wife. Having run wild in the country, spent hours with the gardener and had a great deal to do and to think about, suddenly they are abandoned in a world of artifice and convention and are expected to behave artificially and conventionally. Babs cannot, of course, stop playing, and the central theme of the book is that she has not learned how to dissemble (as opposed to playing 'let's pretend') but must learn how to do so"--Publisher's website.

The Village

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The Village by Marghanita Laski Book Summary:

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Young Knowledge

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Young Knowledge by Robin Hyde Book Summary:

"A full chronological record of the poems of Robin Hyde, a New Zealand journalist, novelist, dramatist, and poet active in the 1930s, is presented in this book. The 300 poems chosen show Hyde's growth as a poet and her response to the painful events of her personal life and to the political and social world around her. The poems are remarkable both for their acute observation of the physical and emotional world and for their powerful prophetic and visionary elements."

Shorebirds of New Zealand

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Shorebirds of New Zealand by Keith Woodley Book Summary:

Shorebirds of New Zealand is a beautiful, informative and lyrical account of the many shorebirds found here - those living and breeding in the same area year after year, those that migrate within New Zealand, and those whose migrations link the hemispheres. It examines the lifecycles, habits and histories of our shorebirds, such as red knots (some 50,000 of which reach New Zealand from Siberia annually), or red-necked stints (birds the size of a sparrow that make a similar journey), and our own shorebirds - stilts and oystercatchers, terns and gulls, dotterels and wrybills, snipes and godwits. Author Keith Woodley connects these shorebirds with everyday people and the environment, looking into our social and cultural values, the work of researchers and community conservation groups, as well as the ways in which our lives impact those of shorebirds - both harmoniously and harmfully. Shorebirds of New Zealand is a significant and thought-provoking book, with many stories to tell and a strong environmental message elegantly stated. 'Keith Woodley's beautiful book highlights the magic of our shorebirds and their struggle for survival.' --Canvas (Weekend Herald) 'Keith Woodley ... has put his heart along with his vast knowledge of lifecycles, habits and histories of our shorebirds into this book ... [it's] packed with discreet and skilful photography.' --Andrea Fox, Waikato Times 'That Keith is deeply interested and concerned about the plight of shorebirds, about their future and about the diverse landscapes they occupy is apparent in the beautifully crafted Shorebirds. ... a beautifully written and presented book with a strong conservation message.' --Kate Graeme, Forest & Bird

Tea with Mr. Rochester

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Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers Book Summary:

When these captivating and at times bizarre stories were published posthumously in 1949, Angus Wilson wrote: 'It appears no exaggeration to say that Frances Towers' death in 1948 may have robbed us of a figure of more than purely contemporary significance. At first glance one might be disposed to dismiss Miss Towers as an imitation Jane Austen, but it would be a mistaken judgment, for her cool detachment and ironic eye are directed more often than not against the sensible breeze that blasts and withers, the forthright candour that kills the soul. Miss Towers flashes and shines now this way, now that, like a darting sunfish.' 'At her best her prose style is a shimmering marvel,' wrote the "Independent on Sunday",' and few writers can so deftly and economically delineate not only the outside but the inside of a character...There's always more going on than you can possibly fathom.

Better Britons

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Better Britons by Nadine Attewell Book Summary:

In 1932, Aldous Huxley published Brave New World, his famous novel about a future in which humans are produced to spec in laboratories. Around the same time, Australian legislators announced an ambitious experiment to “breed the colour” out of Australia by procuring white husbands for women of white and indigenous descent. In this study, Nadine Attewell reflects on an assumption central to these and other policy initiatives and cultural texts from twentieth-century Britain, Australia, and New Zealand: that the fortunes of the nation depend on controlling the reproductive choices of citizen-subjects. Better Britons charts an innovative approach to the politics of reproduction by reading an array of works and discourses – from canonical modernist novels and speculative fictions to government memoranda and public debates – that reflect on the significance of reproductive behaviours for civic, national, and racial identities. Bringing insights from feminist and queer theory into dialogue with work in indigenous studies, Attewell sheds new light on changing conceptions of British and settler identity during the era of decolonization.

Going as Far as I Can

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Going as Far as I Can by Duncan Fallowell Book Summary:

Going As Far As I Can is a moving encounter with the past, an anxious gaze into the future, but most of all a vivid voyage through the contemporary world, by turns profound, comical and erotic.

Every Eye

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Every Eye by Isobel English Book Summary:

"Exquisite."--The New Yorker Isobel English, a novelist of the 1950s, wrote three brief books about adultery and damnation. Every Eye concerns Hattie, a woman not really at home anywhere, least of all among her manipulative family, which has assigned her the role of shabby-genteel London spinster. She has understood little about her existence, and about her strange, aborted love affair with a much older man--the central mystery of her life. Now, while in Ibiza with her new young husband, the meaning of her past is becoming clear, its hidden patterns emerging from gray English shadows into the blazing Mediterranean sun. "It is in Ibiza that the story breaks free from its resentments," said Anita Brookner in praise of this remarkable neglected novel, "a lucidly written account of various kinds of confusion ... and a valuable lesson in where to look for freedom."

Chambers Dictionary of Quotations

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Chambers Dictionary of Quotations by Dr Gary Jones,Chambers Editors Book Summary:

'If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.' -- Derek Bok 'I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.' -- Woody Allen 'Life loves the liver of it' -- Maya Angelou An indispensable and comprehensive reference for writers, speakers, educators, executives, and curious browsers, the Chambers Dictionary of Quotations offers more than 20,000 quotations spanning all historical periods and covering diverse aspects of human experience, from politics and feminism, literature and sex, to nature, notable persons, and more. International in scope and broad in coverage, this compendium gathers together notable quotes -- many of which have never been collected before -- from more than 4,000 sources including such contemporary quotables as Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou, and Henry Kissinger. Each quote is fully annotated, reliably sourced, and put in context along with concise biographical information on its author. Alphabetically arranged by speaker, and extensively cross-referenced, this easy-to-use reference includes a detailed index that facilitates searches by keyword. Readers can quickly locate a quotation on a particular subject, check a half-remembered line, sample the style and philosophy of an author or simply browse through and savor the accumulated wit and wisdom of the ages. The ultimate source of who said what -- and when they said it.

The Commonwealth Writer Overseas

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The Commonwealth Writer Overseas by Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies Book Summary:

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A Short Philosophy of Birds

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A Short Philosophy of Birds by Philippe J. Dubois,Elise Rousseau Book Summary:

A French ornithologist and philosopher teach us to pause, look to the sky, and reconnect with the natural world, in twenty-two short lessons inspired by the secret lives of birds. There is a lot we can learn from birds if we pay attention. This elegant volume invites us to take a step back from our busy lives, to reconnect with nature, and to listen to the tiny philosophers of the sky. From the delicate sparrow to the majestic eagle, birds are among the most fascinating species on earth. These seemingly delicate creatures, who routinely weather the fiercest storms and travel thousands of miles each year migrating with the changing seasons are paragons of beauty and grace. There is much to be gleaned from their serene approach to life if we’re willing to take the time to notice, including: Independence: what it means to be “pushed out of the nest.” Vulnerability: what the mallard teaches us about giving up our old feathers for new ones in order to fly. Gender equality: what happens when a papa Turtledove sits on the nest. Hierarchy and power: what the raven and the vulture know about the pecking order. Filled with elegant illustrations of bird species, A Short Philosophy of Birds is a celebration of our friends in the sky, reminding us to embrace the rhythms of the natural world all around us.

Nationalism Vs. Internationalism

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Nationalism Vs. Internationalism by Wolfgang Zach,K. L. Goodwin Book Summary:

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