Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation - Elizabeth Pisani

Just read it.

 

Seriously, I enjoyed this book so much that all I need to say is "read it". Great summary of Indonesian history and current affairs (ever changing, but there's a website, indonesiaetc.com) followed by the author's travels and fascination with the country (more history and current affairs woven in, but deftly).

 

This is such a sympathetic but clear-eyed view of a country that is little understood in Australia, that I wanted to shout to high school teachers to include excerpts in their classes.

 

Very readable, charming even, but there are some harsh and tragic facts mixed in which make this a whole lot more than a travel book.

 

One of the best books I've read this year.