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Coming to Jakarta: A Poem about Terror Paperback – May 1, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0811210959 ISBN-10: 0811210952

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811210952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811210959
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 0.6 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Borrow on October 19, 2007
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Peter Dale Scott is a modern American hero. His forays into the dark world of deep politics and the functions of the Uber-State are extraordinary contributions to our understanding of how US hegemony has developed in the post war period, and particularly since the 1960s. The persuasive power of that writing is, apart from the argument, derived from meticulous research, the rechecking of sources and corroboration of factual claims by ample foot-noting (there were, for example, 117 pages of footnotes in The Road to 9/11). Coming to Jakarta is a poetic re-telling of Scott's personal, intellectual journey through the world of international political terror and complements his other body of work. It's a long poem, and much of it may prove inaccessible to readers unfamiliar with Scott's political writing or the historical subjects alluded to. That should not deter, but be accepted as an invitation to commune with one of the great political analysts of our time.
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I just want to say about this extraordinary work, in respectful disagreement with the first reviewer, that I came to Coming to Jakarta ignorant of Peter Dale Scott's foreign policy work and the historical events of the poem, and thanks to the book's earnest and brilliantly original motive of teaching, I found out. There is a bibliography of 108 works at the end of the poem, not to mention the marginalia along the way, and there is the poem itself, an act of teaching as well as an unforgettable work of art. Scott went on to create a trilogy that every US citizen and every lover of poetry should read, of which this work is the first part, and he continues to write revelatory poetry. His latest book (2013) is a collection of mainly lyric poems, "Tilting Point."
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