Mao's Great Leap to Famine

The worst catastrophe in China’s history, and one of the worst anywhere, was the Great Famine of 1958 to 1962, and to this day the ruling Communist Party has not fully acknowledged the degree to which it was a direct result of the forcible herding of villagers into communes under the “Great Leap Forward” that Mao Zedong launched in 1958.
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Mao’s Great Famine was not merely an isolated episode in the making of modern China. It was its ... Full Story »

Posted by Roland F. Hirsch - via New York Times (Opinion)
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Posted by: Posted by Roland F. Hirsch - Dec 15, 2010 - 6:19 AM PST
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by Roland F. Hirsch - Dec. 16, 2010

This news analysis is outstanding journalism. The author reports on his extensive study of the brutal regime of Mao Zedong, with a focus on the "Great Leap Forward", which is the greatest deliberate starvation of people in all history, killing 45+ million people. He provides several specific case histories and documents the deliberate brutality of Mao. The piece is consistent with the much greater detail in the definitive life of the dictator, "Mao: The Unknown Story" by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, which provides some 800 pages of Mao's ruthlessness against foe and friend alike. Very well researched and written.

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