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Gus Dur: The Authorized Biography of Abdurrahman Wahid [Paperback]

By Greg Barton (Author)
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In October 1999, Abdurrahman Wahid, almost blind and recovering from a nearfatal stroke, was elected as Indonesias fourth president. Referred to as Indonesias surprising new president by the Economist, the man who had commanded the highest respect of his fellow countrymen for his lifetime devotion to public service, liberal democracy and tolerant Islam, was impeached in humiliating and controversial circumstances less than two years later.

Wise to some, insolent to others, Abdurrahmans mercurial style of leadership constantly confounded critics and ultimately caused him to be widely misunderstood by both domestic and international observers.

For the first time, biographer Greg Barton delves beneath the surface and gives us a unique insight into the man and his world drawn from his long relationship with Gus Dur including being at his side during the final extraordinary months of the presidency.

Those interested in the drama of modern Indonesian politics will find this book provides a fascinating and invaluable account of the enigmatic Gus Dur

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Studio: Equinox Publishing
Pages   436
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.8" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Equinox Publishing (Indonesia)
ISBN  9799589851  
ISBN13  9789799589859  

Availability  122 units.
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Insightful, upclose look at Indonesia's controversial President  Apr 13, 2006
Barton does his research and tags along with Wahid - more popularly referred to as Gus Dur - for years prior to his becoming president. So, upon election, he continues along for the ride, chronicling the ups and downs, the gaffes and misunderstandings, the grace the gentle demeanor of one of Indonesia's most controversial presidents. (The sadness of Gus Dur's leaving office is palpable in this account.) Read it to understand the man, but also read it to understand the origins of the current political system in Indonesia and how is meshes with the main religious organisations there. Whatever your aim, read it.

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