A Look Inside Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962
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|Autumn 1955–Spring 1956: Mao, displeased with the slow pace of economic development, pushes for huge increases in the production of grain, cotton, coal and steel.||November 1957: Mao visits Moscow. Impressed by the Soviet sputnik, the first satellite launched into orbit, he declares that the ‘East wind will prevail over the West wind’.||Summer 1958: Farm collectives are amalgamated into gigantic people’s communes of up to 20,000 households. Famine conditions appear in many parts of the country.|
Mao's Great Leap Forward was a nightmare.
The idea was to make China a world leader in exports and production by designing and following a plan that best utilized all of the country's resources.
The author's frank discussion of information sources and their limitations buttress the credibility of his book.
An extremely meticulous account of the Great Leap Forward and its disastrous aftermath. Dikötter's work shows the undeniable truth behind the famine - that Mao's policies... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eloise
This is a great work of historical research and writing. Although there remain major limitations to source access, since the regime even today remains vigilant about the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nightcrawler
It's a history I know happened and that I feel (guiltily) I should know more about. But I just couldn't get into to it very far before my eyes blurred over.Published 1 month ago by Janelle E. Bohrod
Good book about an extraordinarily important event that few know about. It is a difficult read only in that it is an endless recitation of abuses and crimes with not as much... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bob
I'll admit it. I am a history buff and love reading well written, well researched history that not only gives the plain dry facts but also the context and social environment during... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cloggie
As an academic historian of China, I have reservations on certain parts of the book where empirical evidence provided might not be enough to make the interpretation presented by... Read morePublished 3 months ago by dominic yang
Although I appreciate Dikotter's thorough and objective approach, the endless detail of atrocities committed during the Great Leap Forward made me skim many pages - too many... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bif
The truth of this great famine, the official answer is because of weather or else.
But this book show you the fact - Human Error or Craziness.
Expected a used copy of the book, the copy that arrived at my house was brand new. I saved at least 60% as opposed to a book store. I am so pleased. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CharlesG