Author(s): Nicky Hager
The 'war on terror' in Afghanistan and beyond has been the longest foreign war in New Zealand history, yet most New Zealanders know almost nothing about their country's part in it. Based on thousands of leaked New Zealand military and intelligence documents, extensive interviews with military and intelligence officers and eye-witness accounts from the soldiers on the ground, Nicky Hager tells the story of these years. Most importantly, Other People's Wars provides, from a uniquely New Zealand perspective, a vivid and multi-layered picture of the events and politics of the post-9/11 years. This is another extremely important book from one of the world's leading investigative journalists. Once again, Nicky Hager shows why countries need open, transparent government.
Nicky Hager is known internationally for his investigative writing. US intelligence expert Jeffrey Richelson described his 1996 book Secret Power, on global intelligence systems, a ‘masterpiece of investigative reporting’. That investigation won a US journalism award and led to a year-long European Parliament inquiry. Since then his books, contributions to books and articles have been published in many countries. John Pilger wrote that he is ‘quite simply one of the world’s best investigative journalists.’ His 1999 book Secret and Lies exposed an unscrupulous public relations campaign and his 2002 book Seeds of Distrust was a study of political management of the controversial genetic engineering issue. His fourth book, The Hollow Men, was a detailed exposé of three years of politics within the conservative New Zealand National Party. This book, which prompted the resignation of the party leader on the day it was released, has since been adapted into a successful stage play and feature-length documentary film. All these books were best sellers and The Hollow Men was, in December 2009, judged one of the top ten New Zealand non-fiction books of the decade by the New Zealand Herald. He has degrees in physics and philosophy and lives in Wellington.