Mao’s Great Famine : The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62
by Frank Dikotter
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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BBC Samuel Johnson Prize Winner for Non-Fiction 2011 Between 1958 and 1962, 45 million Chinese worked, starved or beaten to deathMao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up and overtake the Western world in less than fifteen yearsIt led to one of the greatest disasters 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 daily experience of ordinary people, giving voice to the dead and disenfranchisedThis inauguration definitely counts revisits the history of the People’s Republic of China
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