Auckland Libraries: History books that should be movies

History books that should be movies

Ngā Pukapuka kōrero tuku iho me whakapikitia

​These factual accounts would be gracing the silver screen sooner rather than later, if our librarian Niki had her way.

Ask that mountain

Dick Scott

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"Parihaka has become a byword for Maori refusal to yield land, culture and dignity to New Zealand's colonial government. Well after the end of the New Zealand Wars, the people of this small settlement at the foot of Mt Taranaki held out against the encroachments...

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In the darkroom

Susan Faludi

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""In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped...

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American heiress

Jeffrey Toobin

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On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a senior in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first...

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The Aleppo Codex

Matti Friedman

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This true-life detective story unveils the journey of a sacred text--the tenth-century annotated bible known as the Aleppo Codex--from its hiding place in a Syrian synagogue to the newly founded state of Israel.

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Killers of the Flower Moon

David Grann

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Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American...

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A life discarded

Alexander Masters

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Unique, transgressive and as funny as its subject, A Life Discarded has all the suspense of a murder mystery. Written with his characteristic warmth, respect and humour, Masters asks you to join him in celebrating an unknown and important life left on...

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Village of secrets

Caroline Moorehead

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"High up in the mountains of the southern Massif Central in France lie tiny, remote villages united by a long and particular history. During the Nazi occupation, the inhabitants of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the other villages of the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon...

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The book of Iris

Derek Challis

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"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...

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Blitzed

Norman Ohler

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"The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's [book] reveals, the entire Third Reich was permaeted with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamine, or crystal meth, used by everyone...

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Niki

LibrarianNew Lynn War Memorial Library