Using a ‘spatial-geographical’ approach, Trotier has drawn on archival and ethnographic sources to produce a sizeable, balanced and unique set of data that results in a well-substantiated and persuasive argument. … [Some conceptual] limitations should not diminish the larger significance of the book as a well-researched, comprehensive and pioneering work in Indonesian history, the politics of sports, and South East Asian studies. Overall, Nation, City, Arena offers an Asian Games-size account of the politicization of sports and the sportization of politics in our contemporary world.