This newly revised third edition provides an informed and balanced analysis of Suharto's New Order from its inception to the emergence of B.J. Habibie as President. The author reassesses the New Order's origins and its military roots and evaluates the considerable economic changes that have taken place since the 1960s. He examines Suharto's politics and, in a new chapter, the reasons behind the crisis and Suharto's fall.
"This book provides an excellent introduction to Indonesian politics under Suharto by a superb political journalist. The author appreciates the importance of history and culture in shaping politics and evenhandedly presents both the pluses and the minuses of the New Order regime. Another important strength is its readability; Vatikiotis has a knack for dissecting complicated events and formulating plausible (if sometimes simplistic) explanations. Hence, the book will be of interest to the layman and should be of use in beginning undergraduate classes.."
-Dwight Y. King, Northern Illinois University
..."a readable, well-informed and judicious introduction to the "New Order," and the figures who have shaped it."
-"Times Literary Supplement
"[the author] sifts through the material in a balanced and authoritative manner, giving credit where credit is due but refusing to be misled by the local equivalent of smoke and mirrors. He eschews simplistic judgements without trying to dodge the difficult issues."
-"The Asian Wall Street Journal
..."this excellent survey of Indonesian politics in the 1980s and early 1990s...outlines the diversity of the world's fifth most populous nation, and looks in detail at the personality of the president, the role of the armed forces, the position of Islam, the rise of the middle class, the politics of business and ethnic relations, the success of development and Indonesia's place in the world."
-"International Herald Tribune