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Hungry Ghosts: Mao's Secret Famine
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Henry Holt & Co
Publication date April 1, 1998
Pages 380
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780805056686
ISBN-10 0805056688
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.25 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.25 lbs.
Original list price $22.99
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Exposes the horrible result of Mao's attempted utopian engineering in China between 1958 and 1962, uncovering a bloody trail of terror, cannibalism, torture, and murder
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In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Chinese people suffered what may have been the worst famine in history. Over thirty million perished in a grain shortage brought on not by flood, drought, or infestation, but by the insanely irresponsible dictates of Chairman Mao Ze-dong's "Great Leap Forward," an attempt at utopian engineering gone horribly wrong.

Journalist Jasper Becker conducted hundreds of interviews and spent years immersed in painstaking detective work to produce Hungry Ghosts, the first full account of this dark chapter in Chinese history. In this horrific story of state-sponsored terror, cannibalism, torture, and murder, China's communist leadership boasted of record harvests and actually increased grain exports, while refusing imports and international assistance. With China's reclamation of Hong Kong now a fait accompli, removing the historical blinders is more timely than ever. As reviewer Richard Bernstein wrote in the New York Times, "Mr. Becker's remarkable book...strikes a heavy blow against willed ignorance of what took place."



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from Free Pr (February 1, 1997)
9780684834573 | details & prices | 352 pages | 6.50 × 10.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Combining years of interviews, extensive research, and painstaking detective work, a journalist exposes the horrible result of Mao Zedong's attempted utopian engineering in China between 1958 and 1962, uncovering a bloody trail of terror, cannibalism, torture, and murder
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Reprint edition from Henry Holt & Co (April 1, 1998)
9780805056686 | details & prices | 380 pages | 6.25 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $22.99
About: Exposes the horrible result of Mao's attempted utopian engineering in China between 1958 and 1962, uncovering a bloody trail of terror, cannibalism, torture, and murder

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