Murder for the sake of the people
This book is written as a "tombstone" or monument to those 30 million or so who died in the famine created by Chairman Mao and his sycophants. It tells in great detail the reasons (purely political) why the famine came about and what its effects were. Frankly, it's a depressing read in spite of its excellent writing. It is impossible to read about the death by starvation of 30 million people and not carry some of emotions the author elicits after you put the book down. To get a better understanding of the foundations of modern Chinese history - read this book.