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Hungry ghosts: (Mao's secret famine )

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"An accessible, masterly account of the greatest peacetime disaster of this century". — The New York Times Book Review

In the late 1950S and early 1960s, the Chinese people suffered what may have been the worst famine in history. Over thirty million perished in a grain shortage brought on not by flood, drought, or infestation, but by the insanely irresponsible dictates of Chairman Mao Ze-dong's "Great Leap Forward", an attempt at utopian engineering gone horribly wrong.

Journalist Jasper Becker conducted hundreds of interviews and spent years immersed in painstaking detective work to produce Hungry Ghosts, the first full account of this dark chapter in Chinese history. In this horrific story of state-sponsored terror, cannibalism, torture, and murder, China's communist leadership boasted of record harvests and actually increased grain exports, while refusing imports and international assistance. With China's reclamation of Hong Kong now a fait accompli, removing the historical blinders is more timely than ever. As reviewer Richard Bernstein wrote in the New York Times, "Mr. Becker's remarkable book...strikes a heavy blow against willed ignorance of what took place".

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [333]-338) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684834573
Subtitle:
(Mao's secret famine )
Author:
Becker, Jasper
Publisher:
The Free Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Famines
Subject:
Food supply
Subject:
Food supply -- China.
Subject:
General History
Series Volume:
16-17
Publication Date:
c1996
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xiii, 352 p., 16 p. of pl
Dimensions:
9.57x6.50x1.18 in. 1.47 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » China » General
History and Social Science » Asia » China » Peoples Republic 1949 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » China

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