Before October 1965, Indonesia had the largest left movement outside the socialist countries, while the government of President Sukarno pursued a militantly anti-imperialist foreign policy.
This book tells of the massacres following the October 1, 1965, military takeover that decimated the Indonesian left. It focuses on the role of Washington in providing essential clandestine support for the right-wing generals in that bloodbath.
This book was first published in 1970. It is being reprinted in 1998 as a new generation has emerged in Indonesia. This new generation has no illusions about the generals and the state they represent. Nor can it be seduced by the kind of "development" promised under the "New Order" which is now in crisis. There are many, many murders and shattered lives to avenge. And it is young -- and with youth comes new hope.
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