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Review comments about Matthew Wright's books:

“Wright is a fantastic writer...in my opinion the best New Zealand historian writing today.”
-    ‘The Library’, 3 February 2015

‘Wright has carved out a niche for himself in pre-Treaty New Zealand history, from which very few written records survive. It’s not an easy field to research.’
- Mike Houlihan, D-Scene, 5 September 2012.

'...Wright’s credentials as both military and social historian are impressive: a biography of Freyberg; perceptive histories of New Zealand’s navy and airforce; WWII studies of the Crete, North African and Italian campaigns, escaped Kiwi prisoners of war; and the Pacific war; the 19th century New Zealand wars; the New Zealand Division on the Western Front during 1915-18; a succession of regional social histories; a general history of New Zealand; and specialised works on such diverse topics as Kiwi aviation, cars and trucks...Wright’s prose is clear, sober and unfussy, yet, when it needs to be, tellingly powerful. His judgements are sound and, above all, balanced...'
- Edmund Bohan, New Zealand Books, 1 March 2011.

'Like [Michael] King and [Keith] Sinclair, Wright has profound knowledge of his subject and uses lucid prose to convey it...He is deeply interested in the why of things, in the complex interplay of environment, economics and personalities.'
- Fritz Logan, Timaru Herald, 21 November 2009.

'Familiar places become much more fascinating and monumental as a result of Wright's multi-faceted treatment of his subject...the extent of his research into the archives is obvious... We can discern here the true paths of human interaction in all their complexity.' 
- Mick Ludden, Wairarapa Times-Age, 17 February 2007.

"Who would have imagined Michael King's history would so soon be challenged on several major points?  You do not have to be an ageing academic to enjoy the gentle battles of intellectual giants: Wright is readable, and...authoritative.
- James Ritchie, Waikato Times, 23 December 2006.

"Wright is rapidly emerging as one of our most prolific military and social historians, an assiduous researcher and no mere blinkered follower of academic and ideological fashion.  Far from it."
- Edmund Bohan, The Press, 16 September 2006.

"...[an] unrivalled blend of compelling scholarly detail and poignant human interest..."
- Wairarapa Times-Age, 10 June 2006.


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