Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia

Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia

Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia

Author: Ben Bland (Magdalene 2001)

Publisher: Penguin Random House

From a riverside shack to the presidential palace, Joko Widodo surged to the top of Indonesian politics on a wave of hope for change. However, six years into his presidency, the former furniture maker is struggling to deliver the reforms that Indonesia desperately needs. Despite promising to build Indonesia into an Asian powerhouse, Jokowi, as he is known, has faltered in the face of crises, from COVID-19 to an Islamist mass movement.

Man of Contradictions, the first English-language biography of Jokowi, argues that the president embodies the fundamental contradictions of modern Indonesia. He is caught between democracy and authoritarianism, openness and protectionism, Islam and pluralism. Jokowi’s incredible story shows what is possible in Indonesia – and it also shows the limits.

Publication date: 
Tuesday 1 September 2020
ISBN: 
9781760897246

Buy online from