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  • The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962-1976 | Frank Dikötter

    The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962-1976

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Frank Dikötter
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
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    After the economic disaster of the Great Leap Forward that claimed tens of millions of lives from 1958-1962, an aging Mao Zedong launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate those he viewed as a threat to his legacy. The stated goal of the Cultural Revolution was to purge the country of bourgeois, capitalistic elements he claimed were threatening genuine communist ideology.

  • Mao's Great Famine | Frank Dikötter

    Mao's Great Famine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frank Dikötter
    • Narrated By David Bauckham
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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.

    deborah says: "Seminal book on Mao's failures"
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