The Army and the Indonesian Genocide

The Army and the Indonesian Genocide

Book Review

The Army and the Indonesian Genocide: Mechanics of Mass Murder
Jess Melvin 
Routledge

It has been the mystery of a lifetime. What really happened in Indonesia in the early hours of 1 October 1965 and the months that followed? It started with rebel troops seizing the centre of Jakarta, then an army countermove. By the time I first went backpacking across the archipelago, five years later, it was all over: the revolutionary president Sukarno out of power, the once-triumphant Partai Komunis Indonesia obliterated, a stolid pro-Western general named Suharto the new president.

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