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Mao's Great Famine | [Frank Dikötter]

Mao's Great Famine

Between 1958 and 1962, 45 million Chinese people were worked, starved or beaten to death. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward. It lead to one of the greatest catastrophes 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 everyday experiences of ordinary people. This groundbreaking account definitively recasts the history of the People's Republic of China.
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Between 1958 and 1962, 45 million Chinese people were worked, starved or beaten to death. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward. It lead to one of the greatest catastrophes 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 everyday experiences of ordinary people. This groundbreaking account definitively recasts the history of the People's Republic of China.

©2010 Frank Dikotter (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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    deborah Palm Coast, FL, United States 01-09-12
    deborah Palm Coast, FL, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Seminal book on Mao's failures"

    This audiobook will expose what most of us never knew: the People's Revolution hid a devastating loss of life through starvation and exhaustion. I also learned about the cult of personality and the role the Soviets played in this disaster. My only complaint was that the listing of data became tiresome, like steel tonnage exported, etc.

    The best part of the story if the narration by David Bauckham. Clearly a well trained speaker of Mandarin, his articulation and inflection was spot on, and I never tired of his voice. Excellent book overall.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Houston, TX, United States 02-11-13
    Suzanne Houston, TX, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mao's Great Famine to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the facts were laid out.


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

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How to wreck a country


    Any additional comments?

    Makes me want to learn more about China, before and after crazy Mao.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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