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Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China
 
 
Author
James Palmer.
Publisher Basic Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780465014781
Pages/Publication Date 273/2012
Daedalus Item Code 33280
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When a massive earthquake leveled the industrial city of Tangshan in the summer of 1976, killing more than a half-million people, China was already gripped by widespread social unrest, and Mao lay on his deathbed. As James Palmer's history shows, Mao's government—and the infamous "Gang of Four"—let ideological struggles take precedence over humanitarian necessities, paving the way for the palace coup, the end of the Cultural Revolution, and the beginning of China's economic modernization.

"[James] Palmer gives readers a lucid, canny portrait, filled with telling details, of a society tamped down by repression, regimentation, and drab poverty, but seething with antiauthoritarian rage. His is one of the most illuminating studies of this little understood period, and of the crucible from which modern China emerged."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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