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Suharto: A Political Biography Hardcover – 13 Nov 2001


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'Elson's Suharto, then, is indispensable reading for anyone committed to knowing and understanding more about Australia's most significant neighbour.' Chris Sidoti, Law Society Journal

'Elson's text is rich in description and I have seen few other accounts in English that deal with Suharto's early life in such detail … this piece of scholarship provides much needed research enquiries into Indonesian politics and a wider field.' International Affairs

'Suharto: A Political Biography by R. E. Elson is the first scholarly life of a leader who … has always been portrayed internationally as something of an enigma … Elson has scoured a range of new sources in his search for Suharto, from Dutch colonial archives to interviews with palace insiders, and his work is richly detailed.' The Times Literary Supplement

'Elson has written an important and comprehensive biography.' Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania

'… a timely and useful book …' The Journal of Energy Literature

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This book provides fascinating insights into Suharto, a man who rose from humble beginnings to exert extraordinary power over a complex and volatile nation. He presented himself as an infallible father of Indonesia, yet he remained a mysterious and puzzling figure.

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HE WAS BORN, official and semi-official accounts eventually agreed, on 8 June 1921, in the hamlet of Kemusuk, part of the larger village of Godean, about 15 kilometres due west of Yogyakarta. Read the first page
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The Embarrassing Dictator 11 May 2005
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Indonesians are rather embarrassed about their past these days, except for the glorious Revolution in the 1940s when they expelled the Dutch colonialists. They seem to want to forget about the man who ruled them for thirty years, though some ordinary Indonesians yearn for the stability and predictability of that time. Elson's biography is meticulously researched, readable and comprehensive, and provides an irreplaceable introduction to a crucial period, which still influences Indonesia, despite the extraordinary democratisation which has taken place. Despite appearances, many political patterns, especially those of elite politics, economic exploitation and corruption, are little changed from Suharto's time.
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