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Jan 22, 2018

Show 2051 Mao's great famine : the history of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-1962

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Frank Dikotter - author of best-seller, Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe,which is selected as one of the Books of the Year in 2010 by The Economist, The Independent, theSunday Times, the London Evening Standard, The Telegraph, the New Statesmanand the BBC History Magazine. Frank is also the Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong. Published on Nov 28, 2012


About the Book- Mao's Great Famine  

Between 1958 and 1962, 45 million Chinese people were worked, starved or beaten to death. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward. It lead to one of the greatest catastrophes the world has ever known. Dikotter's extraordinary research within Chinese archives brings together for the first time what happened in the corridors of power with the everyday experiences of ordinary people. This groundbreaking account definitively recasts the history of the People's Republic of China.

Book Table of Contents

Two rivals -- The bidding starts -- Purging the ranks -- Bugle call -- Launching sputniks -- Let the shelling begin -- The people's communes -- Steel fever -- Warning signs -- Shopping spree -- Dizzy with success -- The end of truth -- Repression -- The Sino-Soviet rift -- Capitalist grain -- Finding a way out -- Agriculture -- Industry -- Trade -- Housing -- Nature -- Feasting through famine -- Wheeling and dealing -- On the sly -- 'Dear Chairman Mao' -- Robbers and rebels -- Exodus -- Children -- Women -- The elderly -- Accidents -- Disease -- The gulag -- Violence -- Sites of horror -- Cannibalism -- The final tally.