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Soeharto: The Life and Legacy of Indonesia's Second President Hardcover – February 8, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Editions; 1st edition (February 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812613404
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812613400
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,081,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Retnowati Abdulgani-Knapp is a graduate from the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia in 1968. A former banker in New York City, USA, and now a business consultant in Indonesia, she lives in Bangkok and London. Her father, Roeslan Abdulgani, was an Indonesian statesman who had close personal and professional contact with President Soeharto. It was a relationship that has enabled her to capture the essence of his life from a uniquely different perspective. She had direct contact with the former president, his children and family during the writing of the book. This is the author's second book on contemporary Indonesian history. Her background gives her the capacity and authority to explain the country's history and development.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A remarkable book.
"Soeharto, the life and legacy of Indonesia's second President" provides a true insight view into the history of Indonesia, and the inner workings/alignment of Indonesian culture and politics. It shows President Soeharto's not only as a statesman and politician, but also as a person and individual. The book gives a balanced view of the President's life, his accomplishments and legacy.

An interesting anecdote is that the author was not afraid to criticize President Soeharto during his time in office for policies she did not agree with (see Times), but after some distance of time she seems to also want to talk about the laudable aspects of the Soeharto administration. The same integrity and strong moral grounding of the author, can (apparently) not be found in a number of people who approached the administration for favors and now deny and demonize (and seek new favors from the new political class - is this the real Indonesian dilemma?)

This book gives us an insightful ying and yang view of the president's administration. The author's family background and direct access to President Soeharto make this book a real gem and historical treasure trove. As it happened, this appears to be the last real biography of President Soeharto, written with his consent and cooperation. Alone this makes it a historical book from immense value for historians and political researchers alike.
A fascinating, must read for everybody interested in Indonesian history and an important chapter in its history.
Highly recommended.
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Well written and easy to read and written as it really happens since I was born in Indonesia and had to live under Suharto till
1967 Augustwhen I immigratedto the USA
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Provides a deep insight into Soeharto the man and into the nation he led for so many years. With direct access to Soeharto, Retnowati Abdulgani-Knapp has provided an account of the Soeharto presidency and life that will prove to be the definitive reference for historians for many decades to come. Her accessible writing style and her ability to explain the context for the foreign reader makes this a must read for anyone wishing to understand Indonesia's history and Indonesia today.
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