His second book hungry ghosts is an award-winning account of the famine kept secret by mao from 1958 to 1962 the chinese was hailed as the best single volume introduction to china and its people rogue regime highlights the tragedy of north korea and the struggle to deal with its dictator, kim jong ii. Get this from a library hungry ghosts : mao's secret famine [jasper becker] -- in the tradition of john hersey's hiroshima, journalist jasper becker's penetrating account of china's four-year famine uncovers the truth behind one of the darkest chapters in history. The first serious attempt to unearth the truth of the massive human tragedy behind the great leap forward in china between 1958 and 1961 becker, beijing bureau chief for the south china morning post, conducted hundreds of interviews in his effort to understand what happened it is an. Hungry ghosts: china's secret famine : jasper becker in 1984 american demographers calculated that at least 30 million people had starved to death in china between 1958 and 1962 this text aims to unravel the story behind these statistics and.
Finally, in 1996, jasper becker's hungry ghosts: mao's secret famine appeared it got reviewed the knowledge became widespread, but it still never became a major subject of discussion or conversation. This first authoritative expose of the 1958-1962 famine prompted by china's collectivization plan, the great leap forward, comes at a time when the cult of mao is alive and well inside china, and while agents of chinese influence are able to arrange audiences with a president. Buy a cheap copy of hungry ghosts: mao's secret famine book by jasper becker this first authoritative expose of the 1958-1962 famine prompted by china's collectivization plan, the great leap forward, comes at a time when the cult of mao is.
Becker, beijing bureau chief for the south china morning post, lays bare the facts surrounding the worst famine of modern times in 1958, mao zedong decreed the great leap forward, an attempt to spur. It shows how little people even now understood what happened to them or why—jasper becker, author of hungry ghosts: mao's secret famine the maoist regime insisted that the great famine of 1958-1962 was a natural disaster, but it actually resulted from the reckless policies and a pitiless disregard for human life of the regime itself. See more like this becker: hungry ghosts china's secret famine 1997 mao communism great leap pb china's secret famine 1997 mao communism great leap pb mao's great famine: the history of china's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-62.
Jasper becker in hungry ghosts traces the foolishness of close planting to the fraudulent science of the soviet union td lysenko was a quack who got the support of joseph stalin and ruled over soviet genetics for twenty five years. 'hungry ghosts' is the first book in english to provide detailed description of the massive famine in china between 1958 and 1962 times literary supplement - richard l edmonds (10/25/1996) mr becker's remarkable book, which firmly establishes the great leap and the resulting famine as one of. For those chinese students who want a reliable and readable account of what really happened, my standard advice has been to read hungry ghosts , by the british journalist jasper becker4 but becker's work has now been largely superseded by the pathbreaking mao's great famine by the social historian frank dikötter.
In his sweeping and scrupulously researched book, hungry ghosts: mao's secret famine, british journalist jasper becker documents how between 1958 and 1962 mao's communization policy and industrial. During a four-year period from 1958 to 1962, mao zedong oversaw the deaths of about half of all the people who died during all of the famines of the twentieth century (for the hungry in the. Hungry ghosts mao's secret famine by jasper becker illustrated 352 pages free press $25 near the end of 1959, with china in the midst of chairman mao zedong's crazily utopian great leap. As jasper becker recounts in hungry ghosts: china's secret famine (1996), a pioneering study cited by dikötter, mitterrand was by no means the only western dignitary who heaped praise on mao's china as a society where chronic hunger no longer existed there were also the argentinian revolutionary che guevara, the swedish sociologist gunnar.
Headline horror of mao's 36m famine hangs over china between 1958 and 1961, some 36 million chinese people starved to death because of mao's obsessive and dishonest great leap forward, finds. 'hungry ghosts' is the first book in english to provide detailed description of the massive famine in china between 1958 and 1962 times literary supplement - richard l edmonds (10/25/1996) mr becker's remarkable book, which firmly establishes the great leap and the resulting famine as one of the worst atrocities of all time, strikes a. An essay on the sources the bulk of the sources come from party archives in china, and a few words about these may help the reader better to understand the foundation on which the book rests. Traditional chinese: 三年自然災害 pinyin]]: sānnián zìrán zāihài) by the people's republic of china, was the period in the people's republic of china between the years 1958 and 1961 characterized by widespread famine.
Jasper becker estimated 43 to 46 million casualties on the basis of an internal investigation of the chinese government (becker, jasper, hungry ghosts - china's secret famine (london: murray 1996), p. For example, jasper becker unearthed a 'party record' that claimed a party secretary in qisi, henan had boiled 100 children to make fertilizer he quoted this in his book hungry ghosts this prompted berlusconi's infamous jibe at a political rally in 2006 about the chinese 'boiling babies for fertiliser' that led to censure from the.
Mao's great famine by frank dikotter this book is an excellent account of the great famine of china from 1958-62 the causes for the disaster are many, and they primarily come from the top-chairman mao, the communist dictator from 1949-76. Mao's great famine: the history of china's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-62, is a 2010 book by professor and historian frank dikötter about the great chinese famine of 1958-1962 in the people's republic of china under mao zedong (1893-1976. In 2008, yang published a phone book-sized tome, tombstone, about the great leap forward, the most lethal famine in the history of the world that took place in china from 1958 to 1962 yang, a party member and reporter for xinhua news , wrote the book from the inside.