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Autocratic Ghosts and Chinese Hunger
By Bryan Caplan
This article appeared in the Winter 2000 issue of The Independent Review


Only twelve years into his thirty-year reign, Mao Zedong surpassed Joseph Stalin as history’s leading mass murderer, according to evidence released recently by the People’s Republic of China. Jasper Becker’s Hungry Ghosts and Zhengyuan Fu’s Autocratic Tradition and Chinese Politics show that Mao’s “Great Leap Forward”—the nadir of 3000 years of autocracy—was far worse than most experts had thought.

Other Independent Review articles by Bryan Caplan
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    Spring 2001   Libertarianism Against Economism: How Economists Misunderstand Voters, and Why Libertarians Should Care
    Winter 1999   The Political Economy of Dictatorship

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