A NATION IN WAITING
Adam Schwarz 1994
As soon as it was published, this was a must-have book in Indonesia, where it was banned. The title referred to growing impatience within Indonesia for an end to the authoritarian Suharto regime. We can thank Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for the book. American Adam Schwarz was working on Wall Street when in 1987 he received a fellowship to join a
Malaysian newspaper called The Star. But Mahathir then shut down the newspaper, so Schwarz was sent to The Jakarta Post.
He started out editing the sports pages and was soon writing editorials on international business issues. He next worked as the Indonesia business correspondent for the
Far Eastern Economic Review, but was forced to leave in 1992 after writing an article on the political and business clout of Suharto’s children. This gave him time to write A Nation in Waiting. An updated version was published in 1999 with two additional chapters on the fall of Suharto and its aftermath. It’s an excellent history of the regime.