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

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

by Vincent Bevins


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

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ISBN-13: 9781541724006
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 04/27/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 17,889
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Vincent Bevins is an award-winning journalist and correspondent. He covered Southeast Asia for the Washington Post, reporting from across the entire region and paying special attention to the legacy of the 1965 massacre in Indonesia. He previously served as the Brazil correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, also covering nearby parts of South America, and before that he worked for the Financial Times in London.

Among the other publications he has written for are the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the New York Review of Books, Folha de S.Paulo, The New Republic, The New Inquiry, The Awl, The Baffler, and New York magazine. Vincent was born and raised in California and spent the last few years living in Jakarta.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 A New American Age 9

2 Independent Indonesia 31

3 Feet to the Fire, Pope in the Sky 61

4 An Alliance for Progress 77

5 To Brazil and Back 91

6 The September 30th Movement 113

7 Extermination 137

8 Around the World 159

9 Jakarta Is Coming 181

10 Back Up North 211

11 We Are the Champions 233

12 Where Are They Now? And Where Are We? 245

Appendix 1 Data Table: The World in 1960 260

Appendix 2 Data Table: The World Today 262

Appendix 3 Global Inequality: Chart One 264

Appendix 4 Global Inequality: Chart Two 265

Appendix 5 Map: Anticommunist Extermination Programs, 1945-2000 266

Acknowledgments 269

Notes 273

Index 309

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