Early Years; Rising with Soedarmono: 1965 - 1983; The Year of 1988; Toward the MPR in 1988: Indonesia in Crisis; Habibie Presidency; From Habibie to Wahid: Unforgettable Lessons in the Crisis of Democracy; Megawati's Presidency and the 2004 Elections: Towards a Consocietal Democracy?; A Decade of SBY Government and the Dilemma of Multiparty Presidential System; Challenges Ahead, International Footprints, and If -
Ginandjar Kartasasmita was instrumental in Indonesia's democratic transition and played key roles both in the government and in the Parliament from President Soeharto's time to the current Yudhoyono administration. I firmly believe his memoir is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the past, present, and future of Indonesia. -- Yasuo Fukuda "former Prime Minister of Japan" Indonesia's relatively smooth evolution into a democracy is short of a miracle. As the largest founding member state of ASEAN, Indonesia's experiences in nation-building have implications on our regional organisation. -- Surin Pitsuwan "Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)" Ginandjar Kartasasmita was a witness to many of these events and this oral history provides a fascinating firsthand account of Indonesia's development from a flawed state to a growing functioning economy and a government grounded on democratic principles. -- Joseph J Stern "Harvard University (Retired)" This personal account of Indonesia spanning four decades by a true insider gives us unique insights in the turbulent and progressive times of building a new nation. Kartasasmita's intimate storytelling, with a sharp eye for detail and self-reflection, makes it a captivating read. Highly recommended for anyone with a keen interest in this complex region of the world. -- Elisabeth Scheper "Senior Gender & Peacebuilding Advisor, United Nations Department of Political Affairs"