Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
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Mao -



My book group chose Mao, The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday for this month's reading.

Not only is it a very long, thick book, but here is the first sentence. 

     "MAO TSE-TUNG, who for decades held absolute power over the lives of one-quarter of the world's population, was responsible for well over 70 million deaths in peacetime, more than any other twentieth-century leader."


I am struggling to get past that first line.  "70 million deaths in peacetime."   70 million deaths.

I can't seem to venture into a book that begins with something so unimaginable to me, by magnitudes, and I will.  Tonight, though with the fog pouring in, I feel myself pour into cooking mode.  To the kitchen, I go. 






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