The end of President Soeharto's three-decade rule over the Indonesian archipelago in 1998 initiated a profound social and political transformation of the nation that continues today. The social forces unleashed by the collapse of the authoritarian New Order government: regional discontent, radical Islam, and inter-ethnic rivalry, has spawned suicide bombings and other episodes of horrific violence, a growth of foreign-funded religious conservatism, and other sweeping changes that touch the lives of every Indonesian.

Jakarta Jive looks at the tumultuous events surrounding the fall of Soeharto through the eyes of the people who were affected most: the residents of Jakarta. At times humorous, at others harrowing, Jakarta Jive examines this seminal period in Indonesian history through an accurate portrayal of public events and intriguing insight into private lives. As a very vivid evocation of those exciting, disturbing, and bewildering times, this book has become a must read for anyone with an interest in modern Indonesia.