Hear more Great Blunders in History.
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This is not an audiobook but rather the soundtrack for a sophomoric History Channel program about Mao's tragic Great Leap Forward. Like Mao, this "audiobook" is short, painful to bear and strives for greatness but ultimately reveals its true nature in its inhumane treatment of the Chinese farmer.
The History Channel could have at least edited out the promotional intermissions and removed the non-narrative sound effects.
If I want broad patronizing retellings of history narrated by a man wrapped up in an American flag I'll watch Fox News.
Please check out Jasper Becker's Hungry Ghosts for a valuable recounting of the human toll Mao's social experiments caused. If you happen to catch this nonsense on cable, close your eyes and pretend it's a quality audiobook you didn't pay for. You'll still feel robbed.
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