`Frank Dikötter has written a masterly book that should be read not just by anybody interested in modern Chinese history but also by anybody concerned with the way in which a simple idea propagated by an autocratic national leader can lead a country to disaster, in this case to a degree that beggars the imagination ... The book is extremely clearly written, avoiding the melodrama that infused some other recent broadbrush accounts of Mao's sins ... Dikötter's superb book pulls another brick from the wall.' --Jonathan Fenby, Observer
`A work of brilliant scholarship finally reveals the full extent of the horrors visited on the Chinese people by Mao during the Great Leap Forward ... Meticulous ... It is hard to exaggerate the achievement of this book in proving that Mao caused the famine.' --Michael Sheridan, Sunday Times
'Gripping ... Dikotter's painstaking analysis of the archives shows Mao's regime resulted in the greatest "man-made famine" the world has ever seen.' --Daily and Sunday Express
`Brave and brilliant'
--Scotland on Sunday
An unprecedented, groundbreaking history of China's Great FamineWinner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize 2011
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