"The best "History of Surfing in Bali" written by our most experienced surf writer, who has personally seen all Bali's changes over the last 40 years, and thoroughly researched the 400 previous years since the Balinese slave trade before the Dutch colonial era"
Peter Neely, Indo Surf and Lingo
Bali: Heaven and Hell takes the reader on a fascinating and personal journey into another time and place. Showcasing a lively cultural and social history of Australia’s favourite holiday island, this book details the island’s tumultous and often violent past, its mythology, religion and politics, and the last 50 years of western colonization and modern development.
For a century now, Bali has been the subject of a beautiful mythology created by movies and music, but there are few factual accounts of its transformation from besieged peasant colony to booming tourist mecca. Bali: Heaven and Hell is a tale begging to be told - a story of survival in the face of genocide, natural disaster, terrorism, cultural imperialism and corruption on a grand scale. Go behind the smiling face presented to generations of tourists and expats with Phil Jarratt, the award-winning author of over 20 books including Surfing Australia: A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia and That Summer at Boomerang. Phil has first-hand experience of the glorious island at the morning of the world, having spent the past 40 years falling in and out of love with our favourite holiday destination.
"Jarratt weaves a page-turning story of treachery, deceit, debauchery and wholesale slaughter, set against the idyllic backdrop of a paradise on Earth, then cleverly segues into a modern-day tale of jaw-dropping surf, karma, sexual abandon, and a fusion of East and West that created the modern tourist hot spot."
David Hill, Chairman, National Geographic Channels US
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