As the son of the author of this important record, I can vouch for its basis in historical experience. Written by the BBC South-East Asia correspondent in the Sixties, this book is based on the lived experience of one of the relatively few westerners - in the media, in business, diplomats, and security individuals - who actually lived through the events in Indonesia of those times. This is not an academic analysis, replete with multiple footnotes, but the memoir of a witness to real events. As such, it is a book which is already acknowledged by many experts as one of the basic source journals on the subject. If you are looking for information, rather than an ideological apology for the tragic recent history of Indonesia, read this book.