'How can such a gentle people as we are be so murderous?' a prominent Indonesian asks. That question - and the mysteries of the archipelago's vast contradictions - haunt Theodore Friend's remarkable work, a narrative of Indonesia during the last half century, from the post-war revolution against Dutch imperialism to the unrest of today. Part history, part meditation, Indonesian Destinies penetrates events that gave birth to the world's fourth largest nation and assesses the continuing dangers that threnten to tear it apart.
Theodore Friend, former President of Swarthmore College, is now a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia.
Prologue: The Largest Muslim Nation Part I Sukarno 1. Indonesia, the Devouring Nurturer 2. Guided Chaos 3. Ego, Voice, Vertigo 4. Mass Murder Part II Suharto 5. The Smile of Progress 6. The New Majapahit Empire 7. The Sound of Silence 8. The Last Years of Living Securely 9. Behind, Beyond, Beneath the Power Structure 10. Indonesia Burning Part III Succession 11. Forcing Out Suharto 12. Stroke 13. New Leaders, New Islam 14. Election 1999: Reds, Greens, Blues, Yellows 15. East Timor 16. Anarcho-Democracy Epilogue: Sukarno's Daughter in the Palace Chronology Sources Notes Glossary Index