Peter Hempenstall is Professor Emeritus of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Conjoint Professor with the University of Newcastle in Australia. Pacific Islanders under German Rule was his first book, researched in the archives of West and East Germany in the 1970s and in the Pacific Islands. He has written books on Pacific, Australian and New Zealand history, and is the author of three biographies, including The Lost Man: Wilhelm Solf in German History (with Paula Tanaka Mochida). His latest book (Truth’s Fool) is about the anthropologist Derek Freeman and his war with American anthropologists over Freeman’s criticism of Margaret Mead’s research on Samoan society. He lives in Newcastle, Australia.