Letter from Asia: Sometimes being crazy is just part of the plan – Howard French

From the International Herald Tribune:

A revealing book has just been published about a closed and secretive East Asian country that devotes a huge portion of its budget to developing nuclear weapons, even as millions of its people starve to death…

Readers should be forgiven for guessing that the book in question concerns North Korea, the hereditary Marxist dictatorship that is frequently described as the world’s most bizarre state. But readers who reached that conclusion, however logically, would have been wrong. The thick and heavily researched book in question is “Mao: The Unknown Story,” by Jung Chang.


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