Articles by

John Roosa

John Roosa is an associate professor of Southeast Asian history at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Pretext for Mass Murder: The September 30th Movement and Suharto’s Coup d’État in Indonesia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006) and the forthcoming book, Buried Histories: The Anti-Communist Massacres of 1965–1966 in Indonesia.

The Fantasy World of US Empire

Two new books mapping the road to the Vietnam War become trapped in the back alleys of an imperial fantasy world. One criticizes the best and brightest in Washington, DC, for not following the directions of psywar warrior Col. Edward Lansdale, while the other criticizes them for not being bright enough. Both fail to understand the history of state power in Vietnam.