Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962

Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962

Title:Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374277932
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:656 pages

An estimated thirty-six million Chinese men, women, and children starved to death during China's Great Leap Forward in the late 1950s and early '60s. One of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century, the famine is poorly understood, and in China is still euphemistically referred to as "the three years of natural disaster."

As a journalist with privileged access to official and unofficial sources, Yang Jisheng spent twenty years piecing together the events that led to mass nationwide starvation, including the death of his own father. Finding no natural causes, Yang attributes responsibility for the deaths to China's totalitarian system and the refusal of officials at every level to value human life over ideology and self-interest.


    Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962 Reviews

  • Better Eggs

    Edit: Nothing to do with the book, but everything to do with the subject, political famine, read this about North Korea and cannibalism. In 2013. Beyond wicked. http://bit.do/cannabalismWhat to say ab...

  • BlackOxford

    Beware Law Written in the HeartThe quantity of unintended human misery is near enough infinite. But the quantity of misery experienced by the Chinese nation intentionally through its own government's ...

  • Hadrian

    "I did erect a tombstone for my father, in my heart, and this book is made up of the words I carved into that tombstone. Even after I leave this life, these heartfelt words will remain behind in libra...

  • Bettie

    15:02:2016: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016...Description: "I call this book Tombstone. It is a tombstone for my father who died of hunger in 1959, for the 36 million Chinese who also died of hu...

  • Andrew

    Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962, by Yang Jisheng is a chronicle of the Great Famine in China, where an estimated 15+ million Chinese starved to death due to policies implemented in the ...

  • sologdin

    Nutshell: a mix of five-star primary reportage & archival work with one-star reckless inferences & commentary.Text is like Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago insofar as it is an indictment, proceedi...

  • Horace Derwent

    “With this book I erect a tombstone anticipating the ultimate demise of the totalitarian system. Through it, later generations will know that there was once a system established at a certain junctur...

  • Eric Stone

    I give it a four because of the research and the context that the research is put in, which is remarkable, important and devastating. It isn't an easy read, and certainly not an enjoyable one. It is u...

  • Sally Tsang

    Flipped through this in a bookstore and found it really hard to put down. Absolutely devastating and horrific... So much suffering, and so recent... Corroborates what my parents told me growing up, bu...

  • Gwern

    The statistics and anecdotes are fairly horrifying, and the sheer profusion drills in how widespread the famine was. But for me, the most fascinating part of Tombstone was how the vast Chinese governm...