Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China

Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China

by James Palmer

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Overview

When an earthquake of historic magnitude 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. As Mao lay on his deathbed, the public mourned the death of popular premier Zhou Enlai. Anger toward the powerful Communist Party officials in the Gang of Four, which had tried to suppress grieving for Zhou, was already potent; when the government failed to respond swiftly to the Tangshan disaster, popular resistance to the Cultural Revolution reached a boiling point.

In Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes, acclaimed historian James Palmer tells the startling story of the most tumultuous year in modern Chinese history, when Mao perished, a city crumbled, and a new China was born.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465023493
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 902,096
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Author of the critically acclaimed The Bloody White Baron and a recipient of the Spectator’s Shiva Naipaul Prize for travel writing, James Palmer speaks Russian and Mandarin fluently and has worked with Daoist and Buddhist groups in China and Mongolia on environmental issues. He lives in Beijing.

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Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
The stories are told efficiently and briskly, weaving in an excellent background of the political environment of the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago