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The Jakarta method : Washington's anticommunist crusade and the mass murder program that shaped our world
Bevins, Vincent, author.
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vii, 307 pages ; 24 cm
A new American age -- Independent Indonesia -- Feet to the fire, pope in the sky -- An alliance for progress -- To Brazil and back -- The September 30th Movement -- Extermination -- Around the world -- Jakarta is coming -- Back up north -- We are the champions -- Where are they now? And where are we?
"In the 20th century, the U.S. government's effort to contain communism resulted in several disastrous conflicts: Vietnam, Cuba, Korea. Violence in Indonesia, and then interconnected slaughters across Latin America, arguably had a bigger hand in shaping today's world, but have been widely overlooked for one important reason: the secret CIA interventions were successful. In 1965, nearly one million unarmed civilians were killed in Indonesia with active U.S. assistance. This was the end of a decade-long attempt to stop the rise of the largest communist party outside the USSR and China. The resulting dictatorship buried the truth until this day, but the massacre shook the world. Left-wing movements radicalized, afraid of suffering the same fate as the unarmed Indonesians, and the world's committed anticommunists - especially in Brazil and Chile - learned from the mass murder, creating terror campaigns named after the Indonesian capital. In this bold and comprehensive new history, building on his reporting for the Washington Post in Southeast Asia, Vincent Bevins uses recently declassified documents, archival research, and countless of hours of interviews to reconstruct this chapter in world history and reveal a hidden legacy that spans the globe. For decades, it's been portrayed that much of the developing world passed naturally, and peacefully, into the US-led capitalist world system. But those who suffered through this process have long known differently"-- Provided by publisher.


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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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 A New American Agep. 9
2 Independent Indonesiap. 31
3 Feet to the Fire, Pope in the Skyp. 61
4 An Alliance for Progressp. 77
5 To Brazil and Backp. 91
6 The September 30th Movementp. 113
7 Exterminationp. 137
8 Around the Worldp. 159
9 Jakarta Is Comingp. 181
10 Back Up Northp. 211
11 We Are the Championsp. 233
12 Where Are They Now? And Where Are We?p. 245
Appendix 1 Data Table: The World in 1960p. 260
Appendix 2 Data Table: The World Todayp. 262
Appendix 3 Global Inequality: Chart Onep. 264
Appendix 4 Global Inequality: Chart Twop. 265
Appendix 5 Map: Anticommunist Extermination Programs, 1945-2000p. 266
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
Notesp. 273
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