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The World Turned Upside Down by Yang Jisheng

The World Turned Upside Down by Yang Jisheng gives an unparalleled account of the Cultural Revolution in China. The book puts every political incident of those ten years under extraordinary scrutiny, and arrives at a moment when Chinese governance is leaning once more toward a highly centralized power structure and Mao-style cult of personality.

Tombstone | The Great Chinese Famine 1958-1962 by Yang Jisheng

Tombstone | The Great Chinese Famine 1958-1962 by Yang Jisheng looks deeper into the devistating famine during China’s Great Leap Forward. The author pieced together the events that led to mass starvation, and attributes responsibility for the deaths to the totalitarian system and refusal of officials to value human life over ideology and self-interest.