Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday
Reviewed by Doug Brown
"People who know nothing about history often think Hitler was the greatest mass murderer of all time. People who know a little more about history think Stalin was. But Hitler and Stalin were amateurs. The dubious honor of greatest mass-murderer in history goes to Mao Tse-tung, who was responsible for more peacetime deaths of his countrymen than anyone before or since. The exact numbers are hard to tally, since Mao held absolute control over the dissemination of information, but 65 million is a commonly cited total. Why do most people know about Stalin and Hitler's atrocities, but not Mao's..." Read the entire Powells.com review.