Because the military is an integral part of Indonesia’s power structure, it is of interest to anyone studying Indonesian affairs. This volume is the first study to address the role of the military in Indonesia all the way from the struggle for independence through to the start of the new presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The author is a former ghostwriter at the Indonesian Ministries of Home Affairs and Defence. He is privy to the internal dynamics of the military and has personally interviewed such untouchable figures as former President Soeharto. As such, this is an up-to-date, well-informed study providing a useful contribution to the literature, not least with regard to the prospects and ambitions of the younger generation of the military.