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

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.

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

    I am an Indonesian, was born in the ‘70s. My dad was a 24-year old high-school teacher in 1965 when G30S movement broke our country Indonesia. He later told me that then, he witnessed innocent men w...

  • Mike

    I wouldn't guess that there are a lot of people under the age of let's say 40 who are reading Henry Kissinger right now, or who are interested in his thoughts on Kant's Categorical Imperative. I happe...

  • Always Pouting

    This book took me a while to finish reading because I just kept putting it down. I think as an American it's hard to read this and come to terms with a lot of the harm we've perpetuated through out a ...

  • Mehrsa

    Wow this book is just nuts. The American cold war crusade had so many human civilian victims. This book is about how the US ruined Jakarta, Chile, and other countries for decades by ousting their lead...

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez

    It never ceases to amaze me how much we suck. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to finish watching The Act of Killing to run this theme all the way out before slowly rocking myself to nightmare-fille...

  • Geoffrey

    (Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)This proved to be as infuriating as it was informative. And I am serious when I say infuriating, for what else could I poss...

  • Tanroop

    This is an excellent, and very important book about the often neglected side of the "Cold War". Bevins, through wide reading and research, as well as interviews with survivors, chronicles how Washingt...

  • Aidan Griffith

    Every person in America should read this book. ...

  • Jake

    I read this book twice. As soon as I finished it the first time I immediately started rereading it to make notes. While it isn't something I'm expertly familar with and touched on shortly in this book...

  • Adam

    What officials in the embassy and the CIA decided the (Indonesian) Army really did need, however, was information. Working with CIA analysts, embassy political officer Robert Martens prepared lists wi...