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The Man Who Made Nixon Look Good

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 review.

2 Responses to "The Man Who Made Nixon Look Good"

    Jonathan Dresner July 15th, 2006 at 5:57 pm

    This is a good summary of the book, but a terrible review. Chang and Halliday produced a polemic with unverifiable sources (and the ones which can be verified are often distorted) and contentious claims.

    The vast majority of what's in the book is, in fact, perfectly well covered by other standard biographies of Mao and histories of modern China. The only thing distinguishing this work is the palpable hostility of the authors and the immense media machine promoting it.

    Joe August 22nd, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    This really is an awful review of a terrible book.
    The research that went into this book is questionable, and the author's intent of writing a sloppy hit piece is transparent.

    If you're interested in learning a little history, skip this garbage and read MacFarquhar's works and Mobo Gao's The Battle for China's Past

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