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General Suharto is synonymous with modern Indonesia. He became President amidst extreme social upheaval and mass violence in 1966 and retained his position until 1998. In this book R.E. Elson provides insights into a man who exerted extraordinary power and influence, presented himself as an infallible father of the nation, yet remained mysterious. Suharto sought to transfo General Suharto is synonymous with modern Indonesia. He became President amidst extreme social upheaval and mass violence in 1966 and retained his position until 1998. In this book R.E. Elson provides insights into a man who exerted extraordinary power and influence, presented himself as an infallible father of the nation, yet remained mysterious. Suharto sought to transform Indonesia into a strong, united and economically prosperous nation-state, yet after half a century of influence, he is remembered as much for extensive human rights abuse and unprecedented corruption. As Indonesia emerges from the political numbness that characterized his era, its future seems precarious. R.E. Elson is Professor, School of Asian and International Studies at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia and Director of Griffith Asia Pacific Council. He is the author of The End of Peasantry in Southeast Asia (Palgrave, 1997) and The Politics of Colonial Expansion (Southeast Asia Program Publications, 1992).


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General Suharto is synonymous with modern Indonesia. He became President amidst extreme social upheaval and mass violence in 1966 and retained his position until 1998. In this book R.E. Elson provides insights into a man who exerted extraordinary power and influence, presented himself as an infallible father of the nation, yet remained mysterious. Suharto sought to transfo General Suharto is synonymous with modern Indonesia. He became President amidst extreme social upheaval and mass violence in 1966 and retained his position until 1998. In this book R.E. Elson provides insights into a man who exerted extraordinary power and influence, presented himself as an infallible father of the nation, yet remained mysterious. Suharto sought to transform Indonesia into a strong, united and economically prosperous nation-state, yet after half a century of influence, he is remembered as much for extensive human rights abuse and unprecedented corruption. As Indonesia emerges from the political numbness that characterized his era, its future seems precarious. R.E. Elson is Professor, School of Asian and International Studies at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia and Director of Griffith Asia Pacific Council. He is the author of The End of Peasantry in Southeast Asia (Palgrave, 1997) and The Politics of Colonial Expansion (Southeast Asia Program Publications, 1992).

30 review for Suharto: A Political Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anjar Priandoyo

    This is a very good book, an academic book. Today I read this partially from Google Books, but maybe one day I will read the proper version of this book. This book is a masterpiece on Suharto biography, written by Robert Elson, who also a friend of Benedict Anderson and Anthony Reid. For Indonesian academia, this book must be read to understand the true nature of Indonesian. One day I will finish this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelvin Yudianto

    A great book on a complicated subject

  3. 4 out of 5

    Moh Ass

    Ini merupakan biografi (mantan) Presiden Suharto yang paling berimbang, menurut saya. Dalam buku akan lebih mengenal presiden ke-2 kita -- kebaikan dan kejelekannya. Edisi bahasa Indonesia diterbitkan oleh MINDA dengan judul: Suharto, Sebuah biografi politik. Lihat: http://www.dinamikaebooks.com/details... Ini merupakan biografi (mantan) Presiden Suharto yang paling berimbang, menurut saya. Dalam buku akan lebih mengenal presiden ke-2 kita -- kebaikan dan kejelekannya. Edisi bahasa Indonesia diterbitkan oleh MINDA dengan judul: Suharto, Sebuah biografi politik. Lihat: http://www.dinamikaebooks.com/details...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mochammad Zuhdy

    I have the translated edition.

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