In his latest book, Phoney Wars, historian and novelist Stevan Eldred-Grigg looks at New Zealand society in the Second World War. What did the average New Zealander think of the outbreak of war? Was it a given that we send our troops overseas and not keep them back here? How did the politics play out between the ruling Labour party and National at the time? Phoney Wars, written with Stevan's son Hugh Eldred-Grigg, argues New Zealand need not have involved itself in the war at all.