November 17th 2018


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COVER STORY An election-winning policy: a development bank for Australia

VICTORIAN ELECTION The left gets ready to scream 'haters!'

CANBERRA OBSERVED Nats fracas points up need for vigilance

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Divisions undermine Morrison's leadership

SOCIETY UNDER THREAT The time is now for a real deal for the family

NCC SYDNEY DINNER Speakers spark keenness for a challenging 2019

NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT Aborigines hope to benefit in Kimberley development

CLIMATE CHANGE Rising sea levels? Pacific island data says 'no'

ROYAL COMMISSION Big banks shaken and stirred in their swamp

U.S. HISTORY Slavery: a yet unresolved legacy

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS The U.S. and China: more than trade is at stake

SOCIETY UNDER THREAT Partisan divide must vanish for defence of civilisational foundation: Christianity

MUSIC ABBA live: just not in person or on stage

CINEMA Coco: Family and home trump 'identity'

BOOK REVIEW Remnant hopes for post-Brexit Britain

BOOK REVIEW The Great War, raw and uncensored

HUMOUR A few more snippets from Forget's Dictionary of Inaccurate Facts, Furphys and Falsehoods

POETRY

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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