Hamish McDonald is an Australian journalist and author of several books.[1] He held a fellowship at the American think tank the Woodrow Wilson Centre in 2014.


McDonald has worked as a journalist in mostly Asian countries like India, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China, where he was a correspondent based in Beijing from 2002 to 2005. He was in India between 1990 and 1997, covering the time immediately after the economic reforms.[2] He was the political editor for the Far Eastern Economic Review and the foreign editor for the Sydney Morning Herald.[1]

In 2005, he won the Walkley Award for newspaper feature writing for his article "What's Wrong With Falun Gong", which is about the brutal suppression of the Falun Gong religious movement in China.[3]


  • Suharto's Indonesia, 1980[1]
  • The Polyester Prince, 1998: This unauthorized biography of Dhirubhai Ambani never went to print in India after the publishers were threatened with legal action by the Ambani family.[4]
  • Death in Balibo, Lies in Canberra, 2001: Co-authored with Desmond Ball[1]
  • Masters of Terror: Indonesia's Military & Violence in East Timor in 1999, 2002[1]
  • Mahabharata in Polyester: The Making of the World’s Richest Brothers and Their Feud, 2010:[5] The book was published in India as Ambani and Sons.[4][6]
  • Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century, St. Martin's Press, 2015
  • A War of Words, University of Queensland Press, 2014.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Hamish McDonald". The Age. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Hamish McDonald". Center for Strategic and International Studies. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Age staff win journalism's top awards". The Age. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
    - "What's wrong with Falun Gong". The Age. 16 October 2004. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b "The return of The Polyester Prince". Business Standard. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  5. ^ "A Durable Yarn". The Economist. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  6. ^ Veena Venugopal (23 September 2010). "Hamish McDonald - The Reliance split is good for India". Live Mint. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
    - "Cream Weaver". Outlook India. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2014.