Item description for No Regrets: Reflections of a Presidential Spokesman by Wimar Witoelar...
"Gus Dur, you need some help. You are facing political sabotage and a hostile media. You need some kind of spokesman to explain and clarify your views so ordinary Indonesians can understand. You need someone like Wimar Witoelar."
"No," Gus Dur replied, "I don t need someone like Wimar Witoelar. I need Wimar Witoelar."
With those words, well-known media personality Wimar Witoelar found himself in the line of fire for a tumultuous ten months as Gus Dur's Chief Presidential Spokesman.
Now, after the dust has settled, Wimar is able to say all the things he always wanted to but couldn't. He pointedly answers his critics and tells the story of what really happened behind-the-scenes during the final months of Indonesia s first democratically-elected leader.
Filled with fascinating insights and revelations, NO REGRETS is a candid and witty expos on the inner workings of the cut-throat political life of post-Soeharto Indonesia. Be prepared to have your opinions and views of Gus Dur's presidencyand also of contemporary Indonesian politicsdramatically altered by the person who saw it all: Indonesia's one-of-a kind Wimar Witoelar.
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Studio: Equinox Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.92" Width: 4.2" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.32 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2002
Publisher Equinox Publishing
ISBN 9799589843 ISBN13 9789799589842
Availability 98 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 24, 2016 02:50.
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Reviews - What do customers think about No Regrets: Reflections of a Presidential Spokesman?
A disappointment of unrealised potential... Apr 13, 2006
I was so disappointed by this book. It could have given great insight as to President Abdurrahman Wahid's short rule, but instead Witoelar constructs a log of oh-my-gosh, gob-smacked, name-dropping of all the celebrities and politico's he gets to meet in the company of the President. I learned a lot more reading Greg Barton's biography of Wahid. For anyone seriously interested in Indonesia and that time, I'd highly recommend that book instead of this one.
A highly recommended book and no regrets it is ...... Feb 1, 2004
This book brings a great insight on the events during the presidency of Abdurrahman Wahid, widely known as Gus Dur. The events are outlined in fair details for public consumption to the best extent possible and this was made possible through this book and in the capacity as the Chief presidential spokesman of Wimar Witoelar, the author.
Wimar shares many of his personal beliefs and principles related to the unfolding events throughout the chapters. The tracking of events do provide an excellent balance of the issues that most Indonesians would hear on single-sided basis through the press. Many of the aspects of his opinions and beliefs are shared by specific group of his fellow countrymen who share the strong belief and hope of good performing, people oriented and transparent governance and contributed to the advancement of those beliefs and hopes through their professional lives.
Despite of my late purchase given the release date of the book, I do enjoy the writing styles and overall presentation, as I have always enjoyed Wimar's writing skills. I would recommend the book and would like to iterate the reader-to-be to engage in a wonderful experience that takes you to the situation behind the magnificent gesture of the Presidential Palace. A place which I would not think nor plan to enter as an ordinary Indonesian, but a place which resembles my great respect and honor to my own country having known that the 2 respectable 'Orang Biasa', Wimar and Gus Dur, who are extraordinary have served there.