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Indonesia is by far the largest nation in Southeast Asia and has the fourth-largest population in the world after the United States. Indonesian history and culture are especially relevant today as the island nation is an emerging power in the region with a dynamic new leader. It is a land of incredible diversity and unending paradoxes that has a long and rich history stretching back a thousand years and more. 

Indonesia is the fabled "Spice Islands" of every school child's dreams - one of the most colorful and fascinating countries in history. These are the islands that Europeans set out on countless voyages of discovery to find and later fought bitterly over in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. This was the land that Christopher Columbus sought, and Magellan actually reached and explored. One tiny Indonesian island was even exchanged for the island of Manhattan in 1667! 

This fascinating history book tells the story of Indonesia as a narrative of kings, traders, missionaries, soldiers, and revolutionaries, featuring stormy sea crossings, fiery volcanoes, and the occasional tiger.

©2015 Tim Hannigan (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Damien
  • 20-08-19

More Indonesian history please Audible

History books on Indonesian history are pretty much non-existant on Audible so I was pleasantly surprised to see this title become available. It's not a bad general overview and works well as a introduction to Indonesian history for non-scholars. The narration is fine as well. Hopefully we'll be seeing more Indonesian (and south-east Asian) history on Audible in the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-21

Fantastically researched, written and narrarated.

Will serve as an outstanding foundation for my arrival to Indonesia. Brilliantly told with a clever insight and wit.

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  • Abner Dizon
  • 13-07-19

Very informative

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested to know enough background information about Indonesia.

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  • W. M.
  • 05-12-19

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detailed but I'm trying to stay awake listening to it. It's a history book so... somewhat expected.

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  • Thirsty hippo
  • 26-02-20

Decent introduction to Indonesian history

Good narration of a wide introduction to Indonesian history. One criticism it seemed to gloss over Japanese occupation and the millions of Indonesians who lost their lives during it. Other than that a good listen.

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  • gi
  • 06-06-20

This book is wonderful

I don’t get how a listener was surprised that this is a ‘history’ book. It is clearly written so.

I’m an Indonesian and I think this book is marvelous.
Mr. Hannigan told the story from the kingdoms and dynasties existed. When Ibn Battuta arrived in Sumatra. How the spice trade happened to the Dutch arrivals and then the Japanese.
How Indonesia progress from one president to another and to this day under the leadership of JokoWi.
It’s compact, thorough, and yet quite entertaining.

And Mr. Perkins narration is great too. His pronunciation of the weird words and names are spot on.

I think these two should collaborate again for Mr. Hannigan’s other books.

Totally recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-19

My favourite history book ever

I have always been fascinated by Indonesia and its rich history. seeing a book on the history of such a diverse
and wonderful country is perfect for me. The narrator was very easy to listen to, made the book all the better. 100% read this if your interested in Indonesia at all.

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  • Cristian
  • 17-03-21

Boring just like History in School

Too much focus on individuals and describes events in an isolated manner. Its very hard to follow and link together what he is talking about. I would have preferred if he glossed over characters and focused more on giving context of the overall scenario. If you want fact after fact in chronological order, this is the book for you! I'm halfway through the book and can barely even recall anything. Don't know why people rate it so high...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-20

Excellent introduction to Indonesian history

Engagingly told. If you are after a background in Indonesian history, this is a very good place to start.