Mao's Great Famine

The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62

Recommended by Joshua M. Brown, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #11 in Chinese History, Ranked #33 in Communismsee more rankings.

Between 1958 and 1962, China descended into hell. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up and overtake Britain in less than 15 years. The experiment ended in the greatest catastrophe the country had ever known, destroying tens of millions of lives. Access to Communist Party archives has long been denied to all but the most loyal historians, but now a new law has opened up thousands of central and provincial documents that fundamentally change the way one can study the Maoist era. Frank Dikotter's astonishing, riveting and magnificently... more

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Joshua M. Brown It’s book 3 on my summer reading list and the revelations are eye-popping. Dikotter was among the first to gain access to formerly hidden government reports from the era. (Source)

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