Nation in Waiting: Indonesia's Search for Stability
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Nation in Waiting: Indonesia's Search for Stability

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Spanning a wide variety of contemporary issues, this unique volume offers a detailed and thought-provoking view of one of the world's most populous yet least-understood nations. Chronicling the impressive economic development Indonesia has enjoyed under the 27-year leadership of President Soeharto, Adam Schwarz explores the difficult challenges that lie ahead. Using a weal...more
Unknown Binding, 544 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Allen & Unwin (first published 1994)
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mahatma
pada masa terbitnya emang buku ini dicari-cari.
saya bela-belain bikin fotokopinya [he..he..], tapi habis dibaca ya sudah. habis pula daya pikatnya.
mungkin karena audiens buku ini orang asing sehingga saya sebagai orang dalam merasa 'taulah' dengan berbagai konspirasi, intrik dari tokoh-tokoh politik indonesia.
itu -bagi orang dalam seperti kita semua- rasanya sudah jadi gossip di gardu ronda...
Emily
This book provides great insights into Indonesia's New Order era, comprehensive yet provides enough detail to gain sufficient understanding. Might be better if told in sequence, but the topical chapters didn't bothered me very much. Great material to understand why Indonesia went through the path it did, but stopping short of Habibie's regime it might not help update readers about the current conditions in Indonesia, 3 presidents after, and with the upcoming election. Very good background inform...more
Thamrong
I bought this book on the 26th August 1994. Written during the period of Suharto unchallenged supremacy. Adam Schwarz gives heated debataes on the regime economic policy ( not very nice indeed), the corruption and the controversial role of the ethnic-Chinese Chukung in the development of Indonesia. Briefly describes the role of Suharto in the East Timor complexities and the abuses of the ABRI in the state affairs.
Choong Chiat
An excellent introduction to the modern history of Indonesia, corresponding with the rise, rule and eventual fall of Suharto/Soeharto.

In view of how it would soon be the 15th anniversary of the fall of Suharto this year, a "sequel" or update by the author or other authors on the happenings in Indonesia during the past 15 years would be most appreciated.
Elizabeth
Sep 18, 2007 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in Indonesia
If you only read one book about 20th century Indonesia, make sure it is A Nation in Waiting. The political landscape has suffered an earthquake since the book was written (even since it was updated) but this remains the most authoritative work on the Suharto years. Earthquake or no, his legacy will continue to shape the country for decades to come.
Matt
Picked this up at a bookshop in Bali and figured I'd learn a thing or two. Not a bad summary of several decades of Indonesian politics, even if the book was written before the 1997-98 crisis. I had no idea about the effective civil war state that the country was in circa 1966 in which 300,000-400,000 people were killed.
Anwar
saya dapat dari adik di inggris..

membacanya sekarang seperti mendengarkan
lagu semilir kejayaan era orde baru yang
mengangkat indonesia ketingkat kemapanan
ekonomi dari morat-marit orde lama, lepas
dari kenyataan bahwa pak harto juga manusia
biasa yang bisa salah..
Joshua
This book was so right on the money! I believed in this book 100%! I even planned my career around it. This book would have been prophetic had it not been for the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997.

I recommend it to anyone interested in financial history.
Takhta Pandu
very very interesting to know the narrative-story behind the scene of my truly Indonesia.

thanks to the author!!

Arnold
Absolute must read for Indoensians and Foriegners living here. Simply the unvarnished, no holds barred truth
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