The Jakarta Method

The Jakarta Method : Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World

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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 that the brutal extermination of unarmed leftists was a fundamental part of Washington's final triumph in the Cold War.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 32mm | 530g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1541742400
  • 9781541742406
  • 60,477

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Bevins has created a powerful record of the often-muddled events in Indonesia....The Jakarta Method offers an easily digestible chronology of this bloody period of Indonesian and world history.
--South China Morning Post
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About Vincent Bevins

Vincent Bevins is an award-winning journalist currently working as Southeast Asia Correspondent for the Washington Post. He has reported from all across the region, while paying special attention to the 1965 massacre and contemporary Indonesian politics. He previously served as the Brazil Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, also covering nearby parts of South America, and before that worked for both The Financial Times and The Guardian, in London. Among the publications he has written for are The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Guardian, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Folha de S.Paulo, The New Republic, Los Angeles Times, The New Inquiry, The Awl, The Baffler, and Paper Magazine. Bevins has appeared often as a guest expert on a wide range of media outlets, including NPR, the BBC, NBC, MSNBC, ABC News, HuffPost Live, Brazil's GloboNews and TV Brasil. He lives in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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