'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
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.