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A Nation In Waiting: Indonesia's Search For Stability

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
In A Nation in Waiting, Adam Schwarz spans a wide variety of issues of concern in today’s Indonesia, providing a detailed view of one of the world’s most populous, yet least-understood, nations. He chronicles the major economic and political changes recorded during former President Suharto’s thirty-one-year tenure, and the present economic and political crisis. In this ful ...more
Paperback, 552 pages
Published December 3rd 1999 by Westview Press (first published 1994)
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Matthew
Working my way through this over the course of a two week vacation. Well written but rather heavy going, less of a journalist's broad brush portrait and more an in-depth review of the Suharto years. The first third reviews the post WWII Sukarno era briefly then gets into how Suharto came to power, the second third runs through various issues -- including race (anti-Chinese sentiment), crony capitalism and nepotism under Suharto, Islam, the role of the military, among others. The final few chapte ...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.
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
Sep 20, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Choong Chiat
Apr 06, 2013 Choong Chiat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  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
Jul 12, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
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
Aug 28, 2007 Anwar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2012 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 01, 2008 Takhta Pandu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very very interesting to know the narrative-story behind the scene of my truly Indonesia.

thanks to the author!!

Arnold
Dec 11, 2007 Arnold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-affairs
Absolute must read for Indoensians and Foriegners living here. Simply the unvarnished, no holds barred truth
Dewi
Jul 06, 2015 Dewi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spellbinding from beginning to end. I read this book far too late. A decade too late.
Harry
Mar 02, 2008 Harry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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