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The End of Sukarno: A Coup That Misfired: A Purge That Ran Wild

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This book, with a new introduction by the author, is the story of the dramatic events that brought about the downfall of Indonesia's then national hero--Sukarno. In the early morning of I October 1965, six high-ranking generals of the Indonesian army were murdered under grisly circumstances. This act was to set in motion a chain of events that broke the Indonesian Communis ...more
Paperback, 3rd ed., 312 pages
Published October 28th 2002 by Archipelago Press (first published 1967)
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Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book won the Pulitzer prize. And it is an interesting look at the time period. But I believe that we learn just as much about the American political situation and worldview of the writer as we do about the fall of Sukarno. The conflict between President Sukarno and the general Suharto is a fascinating piece of history.

Unfortunately, John Hughes is an incredibly biased observer. He spent some time in Indonesia, but never learned the language. So everything we read is through the filter of a
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia-pacific
As Australia's nearest neighbour, the fourth-most populous country in the World, and despite sporadic attempts to engage the public, the knowledge of Indonesia's people and history by Australians is pitifully small. It is not a subject dealt with either at schools or universities in Australia (with some minor exceptions), and Indonesians do not form a large population grouping in Australia, so little knowledge comes via osmosis. Most Australians know Indonesia via Bali, a popular holiday destina ...more
Anthony Nelson
a very well-written, of the moment take on the coup that brought down Sukarno, readers should be warned that some of the book's conclusions have been proven to be untrue, and its predictions for the Soharto regime certainly failed to come through, but its a very valuable look at the view of the time, and a quick and enjoyable read
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
The most important thing about this book is that it was written in the late sixties, pretty much immediately after the coup and subsequent fall of Sukarno. At the time, Vietnam was still raging, Communism was still a viable threat, and Suharto had barely begun his rule. So the context is a little weird, but the author's knowledge of the subject is extraordinarily thorough. He was one of the few western reporters on the ground, and used his experience in the region and country to gain access wher ...more
Barry Sierer
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an "on the ground" account of the events that brought about the fall Sukarno in Indonesia in 1967 including; the "coup" of October 1 1966, the bloody purge that followed, and the gradual degradation of Sukarno's status.

The events of the coup are well covered considering what was known at the time, (The book was published in 1967), however information on the purges was not as complete. I think that the author can be forgiven this given that the purges were not terribly well documented an
Habib Malik
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
The book is quite credible with many citations to improve his arguments. Although filled with facts, He couldn't hide his anti-communist bias and sometimes wrote his own derogative opinions on Indonesian communists, although He still didn't try to hide the violence and the torture the communists received from the Indonesian. He also wrote optimisticly regarding Soeharto, which is kinda weird, especially if you're reading this in post new order (Soeharto regime) era.
aldo zirsov
Buku bertanda tangan penulisnya, John Hughes, diberikan kepada Adam Malik, dengan ucapan "With respect and best wishes, Djakarta, August '68".

Buku ini menang Pulitzer Prize tahun 1967 untuk kategori Reporting on International Affairs.
Dec 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Adults
Shelves: commentary
The American John Hughes who won the Pulitzer Prize for his daily reports from Jakarta in October 1965 was just one of only three foreign journalists who managed to stay in Indonesia throughout the "misfired coup" that happened. Vital for anyone interseted in the modern history of this country
May 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Very good account of events around Gestapu and the immediate aftermath.
Agus Ari
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
interesting accounts but becomes conflicting with the report and analysis made by the Cornell University (Ruth Mc Vey). but anyhow the coup it self is still covered by uncertainty.
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