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Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most De&hellip by Frank Dikotter
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Mao's great famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe has got to be the best book so far on the devastating famine resulting from Mao's decision to launch the Great Leap Forward. I would even call it the ultimate work on this period, but feel that I must defer to Dikötter himself who says in an illuminating essay on the sources that many party documents are still available only to the most senior CCP members and expresses a hope that future historians "will be able to reveal the true scale of what happened on the basis of fully open archives." That said, this book sets a very high standard for any future studies to aspire to, and it will be the authoritative work on… Read more