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Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China | [James Palmer]

Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China

When an earthquake of historic magnitude leveled the industrial city of Tangshan in the summer of 1976, killing more than a half-million people, China was already gripped by widespread social unrest. As Mao lay on his deathbed, the public mourned the death of popular premier Zhou Enlai. Anger toward the powerful Communist Party officials in the Gang of Four, which had tried to suppress grieving for Zhou, was already potent; when the government failed to respond swiftly to the Tangshan disaster, popular resistance to the Cultural Revolution reached a boiling point.
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When an earthquake of historic magnitude leveled the industrial city of Tangshan in the summer of 1976, killing more than a half-million people, China was already gripped by widespread social unrest. As Mao lay on his deathbed, the public mourned the death of popular premier Zhou Enlai. Anger toward the powerful Communist Party officials in the Gang of Four, which had tried to suppress grieving for Zhou, was already potent; when the government failed to respond swiftly to the Tangshan disaster, popular resistance to the Cultural Revolution reached a boiling point.

In Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes, acclaimed historian James Palmer tells the startling story of the most tumultuous year in modern Chinese history, when Mao perished, a city crumbled, and a new China was born.

©2012 James Palmer (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Where does Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes?

    The beginning where the woman is getting a goldfish because they can supposedly know when earthquakes are coming.


    Have you listened to any of George Backman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't.


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    Nope.


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    The pronationion of Chinsese names in places could've ben better.

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