Mao

Tombstone, by Yang Jisheng, is an uncomfortable read but a brave and important account of the huge human cost of Mao’s Great Leap Forward

China in Ten Words is a clarion call to the West. Yu Hua reminds us that the country is still struggling to escape an unresolved history

Jung Chang and her husband Jon Halliday are leading authorities on Mao, while Simon Sebag Montefiore has published two major works on Stalin. With Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson, they discuss the two communist dictators who were responsible for up to 100 million deaths