[Kindle] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes)

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James Palmer î 9 Read Free read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub î James Palmer Read Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes 109 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 bor. So much depends upon an earthuake that razed an entire region right beside its dying king James Palmer is at his best with journalistic prose describing exactly what happened in Tangshan China on Wednesday July 28 1976 at 34253 Li Hongyi was a nurse working on the late shift at the No 255 hospital the biggest in Tangshan At 330 she decided to get some fresh air and went outside to sit at a stone table underneath a large oak Everything was unnaturally still and she felt nervous in the dark on her own Suddenly she heard a shrill sound like a knife cutting through the sky Scared she ran back inside sat down and bolted the door Then the sky turned a bright red and there was another noise like hundreds of trucks all starting at once She d heard the same sound before because she d been caught in the Xingtai earthuake ten years previously As the building shook she struggled to unbolt the door but could only force it open a few inches Sueezing out she ran instinctively to the shelter of the tree as the hospital collapsed behind her hugging on to the trunk with all her strength The earth roared and she and the tree both collapsed into an open pit from chapter 4The earthuake was devastating to the city of Tangshan and the surrounding region so the book falls within that somewhat dubious genre of books about disasters But the full story of the wreckage involves than seismometers compasses and fault lines one should understand that China turned down international aid for the disaster because it was basically a closed country at the time though one struggling through a transition of power that would eventually end the 37 year period of political revolution and point the nation state in the direction it remains facing today towards free enterprise without political reform The fact that ancient custom associates earthuakes with major power shifts makes the disaster narrative always already a political narrative Palmer s account follows the association to its logical end telling a shifting story about the end of the Cultural Revolution and the beginning of the new era and giving Tangshan its due as a generous window on the political the social and the personal Heaven Cracks is a deceptive achievement Full of steadfastly anti Communist pronouncements summaries of previous historical research and good old gumshoe journalism it feels like a book any committed traveler could write Maybe everyone should But its delicate and efficient prose style folds together personal stories of pain and suffering with an account of the political intrigue at the top to give us a richly textured portrait of China Such work is never easy

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James Palmer î 9 Read Free read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub î James Palmer Read Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes 109 When an earthuake of historic magnitude leveled the industrial city of Tangshan in the summer of 1976 killing 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 po. BLURB When an earthuake of historic magnitude leveled the industrial city of Tangshan in the summer of 1976 killing 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 bornOpening On 9 January 1976 He Jianguo left Tangshan and took the train to buy a goldfish She had been the only girl in her dormitory able to get time off that day and her dorm mates had picked her to go and get a pet not for pleasure but as an alarm systemThere had been at least two moderate earthuakes in the region every year for the previous six years some of the older people said uietly it was a sign that things were bad in China So Jianguo and the others had like thousands of people in Tangshan decided to get a goldfish based on media reports that animals could predict earthuakesThe title describes the start of my summer very wellPalmer s writing is not pleasing to my eye however it gets the job done and has been up for awards China in 1976 was generally like this Mobs harassed tortured and murdered people for wearing too much hair pomade for having studied in Europe for having a globe of the world for who needed to know about anything outside China for having had a Nationalist husband wife or brother for once owning land and so on Anyone with any pretensions to intellectualism suffered Has it ever been known that a leader of a country has apologised for mismanagement Life is so cheap to despots especially those under meglomaniacal Cult of Personality figuresFacing invasion from the north by Manchu horsemen in 1644 a desperate Ming dynasty had deliberately broken the levees on the Yellow River causing mass flooding in an attempt to hold back the enemy a tactic repeated 400 years later by the Nationalist government against the Japanese Both times it killed hundreds of thousands of people and barely slowed down the invaders page 60The first hundred odd pages deal with setting the political backdrop it is only after that we have the parallel incidents of vicious earthuake and Mao on his deathbed Well researched short read with extensive notes acknowledgements and bibliography

Free read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub î James Palmer

James Palmer î 9 Read Free read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub î James Palmer Read Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes 109 Pular 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. This is a great book Heaven is the rarefied air of the Party complex at Zhonganhai where the Great Helmsman lies drooling semi conscious and not long for the world Earth is the grim daily grind of the long suffering everyday Chinese the vicious currents of the Cultural Revolution in retreat but still pulling people under James Palmer captures the sweep and the fine details of both as he weaves two pivotal decades of Chinese history in microcosm around the catastrophic Tangshan earthuake of July 28 1976


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    Summary Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes [Kindle] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) James Palmer î 9 Read BLURB When an earthuake of historic magnitude leveled the industrial city of Tangshan in the summer of 1976 killing than a half million people China was already gripped by widespread social unrest As Mao lay on hi

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    James Palmer î 9 Read [Kindle] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) Whew You certainly cannot rate this book on an enjoyment scale Both dichotomies of horrific events interacting? One was despicable and the other catastrophe What made me pick this up the second I eyed it on the New shelf was that it was Cultural Revolution specific in timing There are certain movement techniues and agitat

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    James Palmer î 9 Read Free read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub î James Palmer [Kindle] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) It's next to impossible to imagine what it was like on the ground at Hiroshima when the atomic bomb fell on August 6 1945 But what if the blast had been ten times devastating than it was? Utterly inconceivable There is no way to visualize it And yet the Tangshan earthuake that tore the coal mining city into rubble on July 28 1976 was eual in magnitude to 400 Hiroshimas In the 23 seconds that it lasted it killed about a uarter of

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    [Kindle] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) This is a great book Heaven is the rarefied air of the Party complex at Zhonganhai where the Great Helmsman lies d

  5. says: [Kindle] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) James Palmer î 9 Read Summary Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes

    James Palmer î 9 Read Free read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub î James Palmer Summary Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes 5 because it was an easy read Narrative wise it could be rather bias but otherwise great start for people who have zero knowledge about the Cultural Revolution

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    [Kindle] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) Summary Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes Other reviewers have mentioned that this book is a somewhat uneasy combination of earthuake and Communist China at the demise of Mao They also mention that nevertheless it works and I agreeI was drawn to this book after reading The Big Ones How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us in which the Tangshan Earthuake is mentioned Jones suggests that t

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    Free read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub î James Palmer [Kindle] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) James Palmer î 9 Read Excellent

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    [Kindle] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) Summary Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes “Honest history is hard to do in China given the determination of Beijing to put forward a historical narrative that pre

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    [Kindle] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) So much depends upon an earthuake that razed an entire region right beside its dying king James Palmer is at his best with

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    [Kindle] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) Free read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub î James Palmer James Palmer î 9 Read This book is a nice effort to explain the political and social mood in China in 197576 as the Chinese experience the loss of Zhou Enlai a terrible earthuake in Tangshan and the death of Mao It was probably not the best read for me as I was looking for detail regarding the earthuake and less of the political details I have read several other exhaustive tomes on the subject of the political climate of the time and so was less inter

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  • Hardcover
  • 296
  • Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes
  • James Palmer
  • English
  • 20 August 2020
  • 9780465014781