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The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World Hardcover – 14 July 2020

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  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1541742400
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1541742406
  • Dimensions : 16.51 x 3.68 x 24.51 cm
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs; 1st edition (14 July 2020)
  • Language: : English
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"The Jakarta Method is a clear and comprehensive indictment of US interventionism since 1945...but it can be poignant, too."--The Herald (Scotland)

"The Jakarta Method recasts the Cold War battle for the Third World as a series of mass-killing events, carried out by the U.S. or its proxies -- a pattern much of the world witnessed but could do little to stop. It sounds like a grim read, and it is, but it's also a gripping one."--Talking Points Memo (Favorite Non-Fiction List)

"A thoroughly-researched and fiercely-unflinching reconstruction of the events surrounding the killings of millions of Indonesians under the US-backed dictator Suharto. Drawing from world histories, archives, and personal interviews with survivors, Bevins charts the historical trail, from Brazil to Indonesia, of coup d'etats, assassinations, tortures and massacres, which served to uphold the interests of global capitalism and created a new world order"--CNN Philippines

"An excellent book, and I don't write that lightly. [Bevins] weaves interviews with academic sources, backroom CIA dealings with thwarted dreams of would-be revolutionaries, and delivers a well-researched and tightly written work that is at times extremely provocative, both politically and emotionally."--London School of Economics Review of Books

"Bevins has written a well-researched history of how the American campaign against Third World democracy shaped the geopolitics of our world today, with echoes still felt through Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's virulent anti-communism; the childhood experiences of Barack Obama's Jakarta upbringing; and the dominating proliferation of neoliberal globalization."--Canadian Dimension

"The book's most important achievement is in explaining how Washington's policies from more than 50 years ago shape the world we live in today."--The News Lens (Taiwan)

"The Jakarta Method dismantles and re-positions the American mythos, similar to two recent Pulitzer Prize winners: Nikole Hannah-Jones's The 1619 Project and Greg Grandin's The End of the Myth.... The Jakarta Method is a devastating critique of US hypocrisy during the Cold War, and a mournful hypothetical of what the world might have looked like if Third World movements had succeeded."
--Los Angeles Review of Books

"The Jakarta Method is a gripping, thoroughly original exploration into the global covert Cold War, the passions it provoked, and the corpses it left in its wake. A full tally of the body count of the transnational counterinsurgency Washington has been waging since the early 1960s is impossible. But Bevins' excellent book offers a different kind of reckoning, of moral costs and ongoing political consequences. 'Jakarta is coming' was spray-painted on the walls of Santiago Chile in 1972, just before that country's CIA-backed coup, a way for that nation's rich to let the poor know the fate that would befall them were they to continue to fight for a more just society. 'Jakarta' did come, leaving hundreds of thousands of dead throughout Latin America. And, in a way, it never left."--Greg Grandin, Yale University, author of Fordlandia and The End of the Myth

"The Jakarta Method is a must-read to better understand how the U.S. intelligence apparatus became what it is today, and how it's ravaged so many other countries along the way."

"[The Jakarta Method] sheds a welcome light on the crimes that took place in Indonesia, a history largely forgotten in the West...but it also asks the fundamental question of why America aided such atrocities... Bevins persuasively argues for his country's blanket anticommunism as a kind of zealotry, an irrational pull with origins in the foundation of the United States."
--Times Literary Supplement

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The hidden story of the wanton slaughter - in Indonesia, Latin America, and around the world - backed by the United States.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An unbelievable reframing of Cold War history.
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