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Playing the Game: Life and Politics in Papua New Guinea Kindle Edition
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"Playing the Gameais Chan's own account of the role he played during these decades of political, economic and social change. It also explores the vexed issues of increasing corruption, government failure, and the unprecedented exploitation of PNG's precious natural resources. This compelling memoir of Julius Chan's private and political lives offers a rare insight into the building of a nat
a fascinating account of one of the most important figures in PNG's first 40 years of Independence.’ Sean Dorney, journalist Born on a remote island in Papua New Guinea to a migrant Chinese father and indigenous mother, Julius Chan overcame poverty, discrimination, and family tragedy to become one of Papua New Guinea’s longest-serving and most influential politicians. His 50-year career, including two terms as Prime Minister, encompasses a crucial period of Papua New Guinea’s history, particularly its coming of age from an Australian colony to a leading democratic nation in the South Pacific. Chan has played a significant role during these decades of political, economic and social change. Playing the Game offers unique insights into one of the world’s most ancient and complex tribal cultures. It also explores the vexed issues of increasing corruption, government failure, and the unprecedented exploitation of its precious natural resources. In the first memoir by a Papua New Guinean leader in forty years, Sir Julius Chan explores his decision in 1997 to hire a private military force, Sandline International, to quell the ongoing civil crisis in Bougainville. This controversial deal sparked worldwide outrage, cost Sir Julius the prime ministership and led to ten years in the political wilderness. He was re-elected as Governor of New Ireland in 2007, aged 68, a seat he has held ever since. Playing the Game is an authentic and compelling account of Chan’s private and political life, and offers a rare insight into how the modern nation of Papua New Guinea came to be, the vision and values it was founded on, and the extraordinary challenges it faces in the 21st century.
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A surprising man
16 February 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed it most because it explained things that occurred during the time that I was there in the highlands. His role in the Sandline affair seemed to me to be very unfair but he survived it well. It was interesting to read of the man's background and just how far he was able to come from such a humble beginning. He revealed a person of strength who remained devoted to his family and never let his success go to his head. He also revealed a warmth that I never saw in his prime minister persona. There was a certain naivety in his way of writing that added a charm to his story but I don't think the book has the strength to reach out to people who have never been in PNG, especially as the country seems to be of so little interest except for all the negatives of corruption and Manus Island. It anytning to do with PNG is of interest to the general public it's the Kokoda Track which, sadly, seems to have become some sort of ego trip.
30 March 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great insight into the political history of Papua New Guinea!
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