The Jakarta Method

The Jakarta Method Washington's Anticommunist Crusade & 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781541724006
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: PublicAffairs
Pub date:
DEWEY: 327.1273009047
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 1246
Number of pages: ix, 340
Weight: 350g
Height: 140mm
Width: 222mm
Spine width: 30mm