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COVER STORY Biological and transgender worldviews are mutually exclusive

CANBERRA OBSERVED Can you have too much of a renewables thing?

FREEDOM OF SPEECH Professor Augusto Zimmermann addresses NCC WA on freedoms

NSW ABORTION BILL Clear and present danger to women's health

RURAL AFFAIRS Land-clearing laws render productive land useless and worthless

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Why an indigenous referendum is misconceived

POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY The post-liberal way: Make good use of the time in the wilderness

ASIAN AFFAIRS Hong Kong defies its obtrusive overlord

SPECIAL FILM REVIEW Danger Close: Australia's fiercest battle of the Vietnam War

HUMOUR Rage against the baked bean

MUSIC Riff wrap: The thing that makes it go 'pop'

CLASSIC CINEMA Dr Strangelove: Helpless fear turned to laughter

BOOK REVIEW The epic awfulness of Mao and his 'isms'

BOOK REVIEW From slave to son of the Church

LETTERS

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THE TRAGEDY OF LIBERATION:
A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

Frank Dikotter

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THE TRAGEDY OF LIBERATION:
A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

by Frank Dikotter

(London: Bloomsbury, 2013)
Paperback: 448 pages
ISBN: 9781408837580
Price: AUD$29.95

 

Book description

In 1949 Mao Zedong hoisted the red flag over Beijing’s Forbidden City. Instead of liberating the country, the communists destroyed the old order and replaced it with a repressive system that would dominate every aspect of Chinese life. In an epic of revolution and violence which draws on newly opened party archives, interviews and memoirs, Frank Dikotter interweaves the stories of millions of ordinary people with the brutal politics of Mao’s court. A gripping account of how people from all walks of life were caught up in a tragedy that sent at least five million civilians to their deaths.

 

Author

Frank Dikötter is chair professor of humanities at the University of Hong Kong. Before moving to Asia in 2006, he was professor of the modern history of China at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published nine books about the history of China, including Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62, which won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction in 2011.

 

Reviews

“The most authoritative and comprehensive study of the biggest and most lethal famine in history. A must-read” – Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans on Mao’s Great Famine.

“A masterpiece of historical investigation into one of the world’s greatest crimes” – New Statesman.

“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 imagination” – Observer.

“A gripping and masterful portrait of the brutal court of Mao, based on new research but written with great narrative verve... Gripping” – Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar


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