Frank Dikotter is Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong and Professor of the Modern History of China at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is a key proponent of studying the history of China in global perspective, and has published a series of innovative books, from his classic The Discourse of Race in Modern China (Univ. Stanford Press 1992) to the controversial Narcotic Culture: A History of Drugs in China (Univ. Chicago Press 2004). He lives in Hong Kong.
'A masterpiece of historical investigation into one of the world's greatest crimes' * New Statesman * `It is hard to exaggerate the achievement of this book in proving that Mao caused the famine ... only thanks to brilliant scholarship such as this will the heirs of the vanished millions finally learn what happened to their ancestors' * Sunday Times * `The most authoritative and comprehensive study of the biggest and most lethal famine in history. A must-read' * Jung Chang * `Gripping ... Prof Dikoetter's painstaking analysis of the archives shows Mao's regime resulted in the greatest man-made famine the world has ever seen' * Daily Express *