Bob Lowry reviews the memoir of the current Jakarta governor and likely frontrunner for the 2014 presidential elections
Leila S. Chudori’s novel Pulang is an important addition to a growing literature examining the events of 1965-66 and its aftermath
Robbie Peters' new book brings the poor urban kampungs of Surabaya to life
Lia Kent’s study of East Timor’s attempts at transitional justice is an important contribution
Margaret Kartomi’s life-long devotion to bringing Sumatran music to the world is revealed in her major contribution to analysing and preserving this musical heritage
A new publication tells the story of the first graduates of the joint Indonesian Armed Forces Military Academy
Editor’s note: For Indonesia-watchers the activities of the military and its leaders remain largely opaque and perhaps even menacing. In recent years the steady stream of memoirs and biographies by and about military leaders has, in some cases, assuaged some of this mystery and in others, added to the intrigue. As the public and judicial gaze has increasingly turned to the actions of military leaders with connections to the New Order, the memoir has been engaged by some as a form of testimony in an effort to ‘clear their name’. Whatever the motivation, with each new addition to this genre, we are offered new insights into the fractious and often treacherous ‘interior’ world of the Indonesian Armed Forces.