This is a detailed and well-referenced book by two local experienced academic and practising general practitioners.
No matter how brave or well-equipped soldiers are, their lives will be unduly sacrificed and battles lost if planning and decision-making are faulty.
Unpacking The Kists is a readable, well-researched book described as the first in-depth study of New Zealand's Scots migrants and their impact on an evolving settler society.
''This is the story of a ship that has no peer,'' begins the first history of the pride of the United States Navy - USS Enterprise.
Southland aviation legend Bill Black has a fantastic story to tell, even if some of the telling is not so fantastic.
For many of us, penguins are of more than passing interest: New Zealand and its Antarctic territories are home to half the world's penguin species and Otago residents can drive to see three of them.
''Fresh'' would have been an appropriate title for this book - if another publisher hadn't already had first dibs on the word.
Perhaps it has something to do with the climate, the water, or just who we are, but there seems to be an unnatural number of Southern Grumpy Old Men in this book compiled by Paul Little and Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe.
The subtitle to New Zealand journalist Mike White's book is certainly accurate, although readers hoping for an answer to the question posed by the main title may be disappointed.
Andris Apse is well known as one of the country's top landscape photographers but this volume is a personal and moving story about his family history, which may disappoint those readers looking for artistic illustrations rather than some historic snapshots.
Being half-Scot, I enjoy accounts of Otago's pioneering days when mostly Scottish immigrants swapped lives as shepherds and tenant-farmers for the possibility of being landowners and/or self-employed in faraway places.
Photographer Ans Westra, with acknowledgement of a debt to ecologist Geoff Park, has beautifully produced a green clothbound hardback of pictures of our degraded land with pertinent, ironic and heartfelt comment by herself and Otago poets Hone Tuwhare, David Eggleton and Brian Turner, and a poignant, brief contribution from the late David Lange for an unrealised earlier project.
Wanaka-based author Derek Grzelewski's latest offering, The Trout Bohemia; Fly-fishing travels in New Zealand, puts himself in the unenviable position of following up his great first book, The Trout Diaries (2008).
In Beyond Betrayal, Keith Newman's follow-up to his 2010 Bible and Treaty, he argues that a clash between visions of the future lay at the heart of our 19th century history.