Mao's Great Famine

Mao's Great Famine

The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962

Book - 2010
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Describes China's catastrophic Great Leap Forward under the rule of Mao Zedong during which forty-five million people were worked, starved, or beaten to death in the name of advancing their country and the Communist Party.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2010
ISBN: 9780802777683
Branch Call Number: 951.055 DIK
Characteristics: xxi, 420 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm


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Jun 10, 2018

Among the great catastrophes of the 20th century, Mao's Great Leap Forward initiative ranks as one with the highest actual body count. 45 million people died as a result of the edicts of Mao's centrally planned state and cult of personality. If you wish to read about the depths of human depravity and evil, then look no further. What you read here will tell you everything you want to know about just how dark is the soul of man.

Oct 26, 2014

Filled with facts and figures, Mao's Great Famine can be a tedious read at times. However, if you want to delve into the seemingly historically accurate details of the famine, this is a must read. The book was thoroughly researched, to a degree unmatched in other sources. Hence, I would recommend it to students of Chinese history, and to anyone else who thirsts for the truth about Mao and his regime.

debwalker Jan 04, 2011

Chosen as his book of the year by Theodore Dalrymple: "As subject matter for books, historical events that cause 45 million deaths tend to put others rather in the shade. Mao's Great Leap Forward was such an event. Dikotter weaves together the high politics and individual suffering of these terrible years. Mao emerges as every bit the equal of Lenin and Hitler in his indifference to the deaths of millions. A party that claims apostolic succession to Mao has much to fear from the study of history."

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