A NA­TION IN WAIT­ING

Adam Schwarz 1994

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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.

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