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
aspect of Chinese life. In an epic of revolution and violence
draws on newly opened party archives, interviews and memoirs,
Diktter interweaves the stories of millions of ordinary people
brutal politics of Mao's court. A gripping account of how
all walks of life were caught up in a tragedy that sent at
million civilians to their deaths.
Frank Diktter is Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has pioneered the use of archival sources and published a dozen books that have changed the way historians view China, from the classic The Discourse of Race in Modern China (1992) to his last book entitled The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-1976 (2016). His new book, Dictators and their Cult of Personality, is due for publication in September 2019. Frank Diktter is married and lives in Hong Kong.
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
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
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