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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.|
Excellent starting point for understanding a key influence in the lives of many millions of Chinese still alive today, which has impacted on their many millions of descendants. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Patrick Dessi
This book is a terrible read unless you want to know the basics. The author gives you no back story or details about how the communists came to power or anything like this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bobby Van Cleve
A little technically written with a great number of statistics. Very thoroughPublished 3 months ago by Danoh
Very well written, this is the second book I can not wait for the next.Published 3 months ago by Lawrence Ohlfs
Dikotter focuses on Mao's Great Leap Forward, his war against the peasantry, and the unprecedented famine that followed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Graeme P. Auton
Having just returned from mainland China, this book if fascinating. It is impossible to grasp China without putting the tragedies caused by Mao through the Great Leap Forward and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Raymond M. Pride
A fascinating and detailed description of a tragic era in Chinese History. The broader focus is a bit sketchy but it brings to life the impact of the famine on everyday people. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Storer