The Jakarta Method

Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World

hardcover, 320 pages

Published May 19, 2020 by PublicAffairs.

ISBN:
9781541742406

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The hidden story of the wanton slaughter -- in Indonesia, Latin America, and around the world -- backed by the United States.

In 1965, the U.S. government helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one million innocent civilians. This was one of the most important turning points of the twentieth century, eliminating the largest communist party outside China and the Soviet Union and inspiring copycat terror programs in faraway countries like Brazil and Chile. But these events remain widely overlooked, precisely because the CIA's secret interventions were so successful.

In this bold and comprehensive new history, Vincent Bevins builds on his incisive reporting for the Washington Post, using recently declassified documents, archival research and eye-witness testimony collected across twelve countries to reveal a shocking legacy that spans the globe. For decades, it's been believed that parts of the developing world passed peacefully into the U.S.-led capitalist system. The Jakarta Method demonstrates …

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Sheds a lot of light on violent imperialism in the mid-late 20th century that was just conveniently omitted from my western textbooks. This is the kind of book that I want to send to my friends, family, and parents, and say "wow, how did we miss all this?". Of course, I know the answer - people don't want to have to confront this. Bump this to the top of your reading lists.

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