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The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962―1976 Hardcover – 1 May 2016


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (1 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408856492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408856499
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 4 x 16.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 762 g
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Definitive and harrowing (Book of the Week Daily Mail)

Dikötter never allows his intense account to degenerate into melodrama. Networks of power and information are carefully traced, revealing a movement that spiralled into general score-settling on such a scale that Mao and his allies had only intermittent control . A fascinating account of how people twisted or resisted the aims of Mao's movement (Daily Telegraph)

Definitive and harrowing (Roger Lewis, Book of the Week Daily Mail)

Magnificent ... The author gives full acknowledgement to memoirs and scholarly works but it is his own archival research, allied to a piercing critique, that lifts the book to a higher level. He has mastered the details so well that with the most sparing use of description he weaves a vivid tapestry of China at the time . This brilliant book leaves no doubt that Mao almost ruined China and left a legacy of paranoia that still grips its modern dictatorship under the latest autocrat, Xi Jinping (Michael Sheridan Sunday Times)

The murderous frenzy of the times, which tore apart friends and families, not to speak of the Communist party itself, is powerfully conveyed (Book of the Week The Times)

Given the tortuous nature of the event, what contribution does Frank Dikötter's new book make to our understanding of the Cultural Revolution? The answer is an immense one. He sheds important new light on what has long been a dark (in several respects) period in Chinese history ... The Cultural Revolution exposes, in measured prose and well-documented analysis, the impact of communist rule in a period of extraordinary stress, tension and violence, most of it unleashed by the Party itself. Together, these three books, which Dikötter calls the 'People's Trilogy', constitute a major contribution to scholarship on modern China, one that is unequalled, certainly in the English language . There is something simply unanswerable about many of his judgments on the effects of almost seventy years of communism in China. Much of this has to do with his use of documents from official archives in China, to which access is difficult . his patience and endurance must be considerable and his Chinese-language skills formidable .. both revealing and rewarding reading - for specialists and non-specialists alike (Literary Review)

Gripping, horrific . A significant event in our understanding of modern China (International New York Times)

A fine, sharp study of [a] tumultuous, elusive era . Excellent follow-up to his groundbreaking previous work . Dikötter tells a harrowing tale of unbelievable suffering. A potent combination of precise history and moving examples (Kirkus)

Outstanding (The Week)

Searing (Irish Times)

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Acclaimed by the Daily Mail as 'definitive and harrowing' , this is the final volume of 'The People's Trilogy', begun by the Samuel Johnson prize-winning Mao's Great Famine.

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