Monday, August 4, 2014

The Horrors of Mao Zedong: A Reading List

As a follow up to my post, My Conversation With a "Fuck Capitalism" Capitalist T-Shirt Merchant, Nathan Stewart emails:
I am something of a Mao expert.  I have read all the major English biographies of Mao and other books relating to the Mao era.

Of the evil trinity of Mao, Stalin, and Hitler, Mao was by far the worst.  The "living" conditions he imposed during the Great Leap Forward were worse than those created by Pol Pot, and Mao killed far more than 40 million people during his entire life.

Libertarians have much to learn from Chinese history, but this area is much neglected by libertarians.

I strongly recommend the following books, for they are both terrifying and highly edifying for libertarians:

*Mao's Great Famine by Frank Dikotter
*The Tragedy of Liberation by Frank Dikotter
*Mao's Last Revolution by MacFarqhar
*Mao the Unknown Story by Jung Chang

The most important is Mao's Great Famine.