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Shadow of a Revolution: Suharto and Indonesia [Hardcover]

Roland Challis
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Aug. 25 2001
Shadow of a Revolution offers unique eyewitness accounts of this seminal event and describes the influence of the West in the overthrow of Sukarno.

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Roland Challis was the South-East Asia correspondent for the BBC from 1964-69 and covered the turbulent events for that area from his base in Singapore. He later became Head of Central Current affairs and his final post was as the Head of the BBC's Monitoring Service.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Journalist On the Ground May 11 2004
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Critique Without Support July 1 2002
By Bill W
As a student of Indonesia, I picked this book up hoping it might shed some light on political events in Indonesia's New Order. Unfortunately, the book is an unsupported diatribe against the New Order and US foreign policy in SE Asia.
It is not that these things are without need to be critically examined, but this book never supports its claims...there is not a single footnote in the whole book.
Readers who like Noam Chomsky may find its narrative interesting and not mind the lack of support, but serious students will find the book lacking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Journalist On the Ground May 11 2004
By Robin Challis - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Critique Without Support July 1 2002
By Bill W - Published on Amazon.com
As a student of Indonesia, I picked this book up hoping it might shed some light on political events in Indonesia's New Order. Unfortunately, the book is an unsupported diatribe against the New Order and US foreign policy in SE Asia.
It is not that these things are without need to be critically examined, but this book never supports its claims...there is not a single footnote in the whole book.
Readers who like Noam Chomsky may find its narrative interesting and not mind the lack of support, but serious students will find the book lacking.
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