In the self-proclaimed sequel to his groundbreaking book Pretext for Mass Murder,1 John Roosa masterfully weaves decades of archival research and hundreds of oral history interviews into an elegantly prosed narrative synthesizing national history and individual suffering. By wedding a top-down approach with an expansive array of local firsthand experiences, Buried Histories repudiates the abstract understanding of the politicides as one big event by emphasizing the significance of the unique attributes in particular localities while simultaneously utilizing information from those localities to construct an analytical model of the events at the national level. In doing so, Roosa offers several critical interventions in the history of modern Indonesia, interrogational torture, and genocide studies. The meticulous research, cogent arguments, and compellingly interwoven narratives make Buried Histories far more than a mere “sequel” to Pretext for Mass Murder. The book expands upon our understanding of modern Indonesian history in ways...

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