Saturday, July 11, 2020

Best Books on Mao's Horrific Cultural Revolution

David Mueller emails:
What are the best books to read on Mao's cultural revolution, Chinese
history, and the cultural revolution coming to America?
The best books on the horror of Mao's cultural revolution ( R. J. Rummel estimates that 38 million died) and the period leading up to it are the books that are the parts of Frank Dikötter's trilogy:

The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62

The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962―1976

I know of no books that detail developing trends in America.

There are however solid videos that cover different aspects of the trends such as The Truth About Critical Methods.



  1. The EX read this back in the '90's. Highly recommended.
    "Madame Mao: The White-Boned Demon: Revised Edition"

  2. Dikötter's "How to be a Dictator" was good.
    Also a fantastic little book on communism---its history, philosophical basis (such as it is), its demise---is Richard Pipes's "Communism: A History"