Hamish McDonald lives in Sydney and writes from around Asia and the Pacific. His books The Polyester Prince and Mahabharata in Polyester, about the rise of a new form of capitalism in India and its political connections, made him an underground hero in that country. His co-authored Death in Balibo, Lies in Canberra helped inspire the first judicial inquiry into the murder of five TV newsmen in Timor. Early in his career he wrote Suharto's Indonesia (1980) and revisited in 2014 with Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century. His most recent book A War of Words (UQP), is an in-depth look into Japan’s war against the Western powers from a unique perspective.