I should say "reviews", because having now perused a few on the web, most are full of factual inaccuracies, spin and hate.
I could link to some, but frankly the following paragraph can be applied to all of them. My critics allege that Wishart's book Absolute Power is unfair to the Prime Minister, that I have inappropriately probed her life and political deeds.
Here's my response: Within the first 31 pages of Absolute Power, there is documented, incontrovertible proof that Prime Minister Helen Clark deliberately lied to a journalist for the purposes of destroying a senior public servant's career and life. Not just an allegation, not just hearsay: documented with legal proof. Regardless of how the Left paints Absolute Power, nowhere in that book did I deliberately lie to destroy anyone's life or career, not even the Prime Minister's. If the left-wing wishes to judge me as an author, great - but judge the Prime Minister to the same standards or you are nothing but hypocrites.
Of course, the Left can't do that. By definition, their reviews ignore or whitewash the documented crimes (both moral and legal) of Helen Clark, whilst trying to trash me.
So when you read reviews on the internet, remember that not one of them that I've seen so far has tackled the substance of the book.
Like I said: hypocrites.
Instead, here's what a former influential NZ political leader wrote about Absolute Power:
I picked up your new book "Absolute Power" by chance last week. I say "by chance" insofar as it will be interesting to see whether it's reviewed in the print-media, mindful of the fact that books editors are an effete and snobbish lot and your book may be deemed insufficiently boring to justify mention.
Anyway, first my congratulations. There was only a single hyperbolic fault, specifically your reference to our Police Force as the most corrupt in the southern hemisphere. Have a look at the map. When it comes to Zaire, Zimbabwe, Paraguay et al, and sadly, Chile and Australia, it is far and away the least corrupt.
And one other criticism on reflection, while wearing my pedant's hat, and that is your references to animal porn films and videos. An animal porn film could be a rooster having it off with a chicken. You should have referred to bestiality films and videos.
That said I agree with your general thesis regarding this government's incredible corruption. It is Third World in its moral standards and dishonesty and leaves me despairing.
I despair because your book will make no difference. The government will simply ignore it, and largely, so will the news-media.
In another age, three decades back, or indeed another first world country today, such as the USA or Britain, your book would run to endless reprints and bring down the government.
Consider Nixon's impeachment over a mere trifle to what you have outlined, or indeed, the near-miss impeachment of Clinton over a petty sexual matter and allegations of a playing-with-words denial.
At heart the problem lies in the depoliticalisation of New Zealanders. Today they simply don't care, as borne out by the startling revelation that circa 50% of Maoris and Islanders are unaware that this is an election year. Yet most will turn out to vote, oblivious of the issues you raise or indeed any others. People simply don't read anymore, or at least, not the majority under 40.
Oh for a barn-storming moralist like Muldoon!
I suppose there's one good thing from your efforts, namely that if ignored by the general public; you nevertheless keep the bastards at bay from even greater outrages; if that is the Electoral Finance Act and theft of public money in the past two elections can be surpassed.
Once again; well done on a great accomplishment.
The author of that letter is named in the next Investigate, due out Monday. I was stunned to discover from a reader last week that at that time there was a waiting list at the Auckland region's libraries for Absolute Power in excess of 700. It fluctuates rapidly because bestsellers are lent out for only a few days, but Auckland Public Library listed nearly 100 holds at the central library alone on Monday.
Seems like the message is getting through.
I had been intending to respond to some of the reviews, but with the magazine deadline I got sidetracked. This will suffice. My key point in response was simple: the Prime Minister deliberately falsified information she leaked to the media in order to personally destroy a civil servant she was targetting. I have never done that.
Everytime a reviewer targets me, ask yourself the question: why aren't they tackling the actions of the Prime Minister, as documented in the book?