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A book that needed to be written,
This review is from: Tombstone: The Untold Story of Mao's Great Famine (Hardcover)
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The Great Famine was the greatest loss of life in the shortest time in history. The fact that it was an almost purely man-made disaster is laid bare in this book. With information taken from the government archives the author systematically describes what happened, why it happened, and how the authorities reacted to it's terrible progression. This is a disturbing read; the accounts of murder and cannibalism on such a massive scale are not as shocking as the indifferent attitude of the communist leadership once the full horror became obvious. A lot of the book is about the history of the politics that led to the famine and why that system was incapable (or unwilling) to provide relief.
Hopefully this will be published in mainland China in the near future; if not, I'm sure thousands of copies have already made it in from Taiwan and Hong Kong.