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COVER STORY Something rotten led to fish-kill: perhaps fishy environmentalism

EDITORIAL Resistance grows to Beijing's soft-power push

CANBERRA OBSERVED Climate change: deadly ... to political leaders

TECHNOLOGY Electric cars: UK taxpayers subsidise rich greenies

BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION A step too small?

CYBER SECURITY Chinese smartphone threat extends way beyond Huawei

SOCIETY Such grandeur of spirit

POLITICS John Hewson should have as sturdy a Constitution

FINANCE Hayne royal commission sets agenda for bank reform

FAMILY RELATIONS Dad: a girl's first and most influential love

COMMENTARY Words gone feral: rights and equality

MEDICINE AND CULTURE Book captures tragedy of falling foul of a fanatic

SOCIETY AND CULTURE A dog's life: reflections of a grey nomad

HUMOUR

MUSIC Serialism a killer: Ideas tend to get in the way

CINEMA Cold Pursuit: Revenge served up manic

BOOK REVIEW Why the West and nowhere else

BOOK REVIEW The escalation of horror and atrocity

LETTERS

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

Frank Dikotter

$29.95


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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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