Kippenberger: Dauntless Spirit

Author(s): Denis McLean

Second World War

Sir Howard Kippenberger is widely acknowledged as the ideal of a New Zealand citizen-soldier and our foremost soldier-scholar; a country lawyer and provincial intellectual who became a national figure as New Zealanders made the transition from colonials to a forthright nationhood. As a military leader, editor and author he was one of the prime movers in that process. His democratic style of leadership reflected the ethos of a new nation - active, competent and engaged in the world in its own right, no longer a dependency of Britain A second-generation New Zealander, born in 1897, his military career was probably unique in that he was a 19 year old private soldier in one war and emerged in the next as the commander of choice of what was in effect a national army - the 2nd NZ Division.

First Page torn top right-hand corner, Biro marks on the last page / slight water damaged to back of book.


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Denis McLean has had a distinguished career in the public service: Dept of External Affairs/Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 21 years; posted to Washington, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, London (Deputy High Commisioner, 1972-77); Secretary of Defence, Wellington, 1979 - 88; New Zealand Ambassador Washington, 1991 - 94. He is also a writer and military historian, was a Rhodes Scholar, and is the author of four books

General Fields

  • : 9781869790264
  • : Random House New Zealand
  • : Random House New Zealand
  • : 0.55
  • : October 2008
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Denis McLean
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : 940.540092
  • : Very Good
  • : 384pp
  • : Biography & autobiography: historical, political & military
  • : BxW illustrations