Author(s): Farland, Bruce
DoP - 2008 NZ 607 pp 140mm x 200mm Bill Massey was New Zealandâs second-longest running serving Prime Minister yet, apart from essays written by WJ Gardener in the 1960âs, no one has every attempted a thorough analysis of his life and work. The author contends that the reason for this neglect is because of a left-wing interpretation of New Zealand history casting Massey in the role of an oppressor. Massey assumed office during growing industrial strife, the anarchical aspects of which posed a grave threat to law and order. Thereafter he led the country through the Great War. In direct and uncluttered prose, the author has written and important biography of a man who dominated his times and commands respect as a Prime Minister of the first rank.