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    [New] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) By James Palmer summary Ù PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¹ James Palmer read & download 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 journalistic prose describing exactly what happened in Tangshan China on Wednesday July 28 1976 at 34

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    read & download Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes James Palmer ¹ 6 free download [New] (Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes) By James Palmer 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

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read & download Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes James Palmer ¹ 6 free download summary Ù PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¹ James Palmer 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. Honest history is hard to do in China given the determination of Beijing to put forward a historical narrative that presents an essentially benevolent Communist Party guiding China from weakness to strength and occasionally going astray through no fault of its own James Palmer The Death of Mao As a self proclaimed China observer I ve had my share of reading elaborate accounts of this fascinating country s turbulent past Some have been biographical accounts written with the Great Leap Forward or the Cultural Revolution as their backdrops Others have been gone further back in history highlighting among others Zheng He s voyages and the Opium WarBut none of them beat James Palmer s The Death of Mao The Tangshan Earthuake and the Birth of the New China in terms of readability is that even a word Anyways it was a pleasure to read this gem of an account which narrates the year 1976 in China s modern history A year when the much beloved Premier Zhou Enlai died Chairman Mao Zedong laid helplessly on his deathbed he would also die in 1976 the Cultural Revolution was a national wound that kept on being reopened the infighting among the political elite reached its apex and Deng Xiaoping re entered politics It was the year when earthuake measuring 78 on the Richter scale hit the small industrial town of Tangshan in Hebei Province killing around 650000 people People who lived through the tragedy remembered the earth moving as if attacked by an atomic bomb not one not two or three but four hundred HiroshimasTo say the least 1976 felt like a cursed year for many Chinese people The mandate of heaven seemed to have run out on Mao as China was on the brink of political collapse Economic wise the country was a basket case after purges spread economic inefficiency killed many of China s bright minds and destroyed the people s competitivenessIn general the people were tired of the violence and propaganda of the political elite While Jiang ing Mao s ultra leftist wife watched imported movies daily the people were hungry unsheltered afraid down and beaten The Tangshan earthuake which was also felt strongly in Beijing was a nail on Mao s coffin even as he was still gasping for his last ounce of airObviously this book is not only about the earthuake Yes there are photos of the destruction Palmer also described the scenes during and after the earth shook But it was just enough Not too much tugging at the heart strings or gory descriptions of the impact of the uake What James Palmer did was to tell the story of China in those days with the earthuake tragedy at its center Many things were elaborated including the monstrosity of the Cultural Revolution how it came about and how its excesses scarred the Chinese population for years to come The book also talks about Zhou Enlai the venerable leader loved by the people The other leader who worked diligently while Mao built a modern empire on the blood sweat and tears of the Chinese proletariats And of course it talks about Tangshan as symbol of how life was in a city neither as big as nor as near to Beijing but constantly affected by the follies of the political elite in the country s capitalThe book also highlights the problem with the writing of history in Chinese books Honestly I have never had the pleasure of reading about Chinese history from books usually given out to students my Mandarin is nowhere at the level to comprehend such thick texts But I could imagine the events and perspectives that may have been left out in order to paint a rosy picture of the government and most importantly the Chinese Communist Party I lived through Indonesia s New Order era and I know very well previous attempts to re write Indonesia s history according to the preferences of Suharto and his cliueThe Tangshan earthuake is often remembered in China as a moment of grief The Chinese history books may put up pictures of the PLA working hand in hand with the local people to help survivors But the truth is that Beijing s unwillingness to accept international assistance demonstrated the government s lack of empathy It showed that while the propaganda of the Party continued to eschew the fight for the people in actuality the people were suffering from policies after another hammered down by the political eliteThe Tangshan earthuake was a moment when the death of so many people underlined the ineptness of the government at the time thus ushering the desire for changes to happen Palmer described a bit of this towards the end book as if setting the stage for analyses on present day Chinese politics by other China observers I for one am thankful of Palmer s narration as I try to understand and about this country where I may be spending time in the future

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read & download Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes James Palmer ¹ 6 free download summary Ù PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¹ James Palmer 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. 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 a million Chinese and left only about three percent of the city s buildings standing and usable James Palmer in his wonderful book Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes brings the calamity to lifeThe 23 seconds of the earthuake were probably the most concentrated mass of destruction humanity has ever known In Tangshan alone it did damage than either Hiroshima or Nagasaki damage than the firebombing of Dresden or Hamburg or Tokyo damage than the explosion of Krakatoa It took lives in one fraction of northeast China than the 2004 tsunami did across the whole Indian oceanThe full name of the book is Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes The Tangshan Earthuake and the Death of Mao s China The earthuake is at the epicenter of the story but it is framed by the story of the end of Maoism and the rise of Deng The cracking of the heavens is the fall of Mao s China The earth s shaking is literal and figurative of course Nothing shook China like the Tangshan earthuake or the political upheavals that would follow it only a few short months laterNo year was as pivotal for China as 1976 The Cultural Revolution was dying the public was sick of the empty sloganeering and endless denunciations and rallies as the Chinese economy worsened Zhou Enlai s death in January and the huge nationwide outpouring of grief was a signal that the Chinese were thirsting for change Millions came to mourn Zhou in huge demonstrations in Tiananmen Suare three months after his death The masses were restless It scared the Gang of Four to death The Chinese people were exhausted Most of them hated the Gang and wanted a return to sanity They no longer had any confidence in their government On top of this everyone knew Mao was in poor health China seemed on the brink of a precipice And it wasI ve been lucky enough to meet James Palmer on several occasions I still need to return a book he leant me in 2004 and I can safely say he s about the most brilliant person I ve ever known No exaggeration His panoramic knowledge of history and literature has never failed to amaze me This is the first of his books that I ve read and its scholarliness and meticulousness do not surprise me What James does that I found most impressive was to crunch the history of the period from the start of the Cultural Revolution in 1966 through the ascension to power of Deng in 1978 It is difficult to jam so much information into so little space and keep it from reading like a Wikipedia entry James has a talent for telling a story that is brimming with facts names and events that reads like a thriller I read the entire book in two days and felt I learned about this brief period than I had from countless articles and than a few books Your blood will boil as he recalls the murders and suicides beatings and torture of the Cultural Revolution This story is nothing new to anyone who bothers to read this blog but Palmer manages to zero in on its very essence giving us than enough specifics facts and figures to bring the period to life He makes it seem so effortless but this must have been painstakingly difficult to write His thoughts about Mao and all that he wrought mirror my own They are not good thoughts The earthuake itself is sandwiched in between the story of gathering political unrest in the spring of 1976 and the death of Mao in September Palmer made several trips to the site of the catastrophe and interviewed survivors He tells how when the earthuake struck at three in the morning people who were lucky enough to be practicing tai i outdoors or farmers up early to head to market with their products had a far better chance of survival than those sleeping in their beds Luckiest of all surprisingly were coal miners working the late shift deep under the earth Only seventeen of the 10000 miners at work died The stories of horrifying deaths and inspiring heroics make the book a page turner So much went wrong It took days for the PLA soldiers to arrive they had to travel largely on foot as the railroad lines had been ripped apart When they did arrive they were as exhausted and hungry as many of the survivors The government arrogantly refused offers of foreign aid that could probably have saved thousands Citizens whose sole crime was trying to get some food from the granaries to keep from starving were shot as looters The soldiers at great risk to themselves pulled thousands from the rubble But sheer chaos reigned for the first few days There was no leadership no one to turn to for counselWhat to do about a broken limb with no doctor within a hundred miles How to get a bull driven mad by fear back behind a locked gate How do you move a broken bedstead out of the way to reach a trapped child when the bedstead may be the only thing holding up the mound she s buried under from collapsing With the well blocked where s the nearest source of clean waterThe unluckiest as always were the victims in the countryside Tangshan was a major coal mining center The government had only one concern to get the mines back in operation and to rebuild the city so business could be performed as usual Those in the countryside simply didn t matter Practically none of the food and other aid that poured into the city made it to the rural villagesWith all the tales of heroism and sacrifice Palmer notes that the story People s Daily featured on its front page was of a cadre who despite the shouts from his thirteen year old daughter to help pull her from the rubble of their home ignored her and his son buried alongside her to dig out a local party chairman who lived nearbyThe article praised his political commitment noting approvingly that he felt neither remorse nor sorrow for the death of his children but had sown a willingness to benefit the majority at the expense of his own children which was an example to everyoneAs thrilling as the descriptions of the earthuake are it was the political side of the story that most gripped me Palmer takes us to Mao s deathbed and lets us know just how much of a shrew Jiang ing was not that I ever doubted that He paints the Gang of Four as spectacularly incompetent and out of touch with the Chinese people and we feel delighted to read of Hua Guofeng setting the traps leading to their arrest We learn of the challenges the doctors encountered as they tried to pickle Mao s corpse for permanent display The public mourns but their sorrow never comes close to what it was for Zhou People wanted Maoism to come to an endAlthough mention of Deng himself is relatively brief it is clear that after Mao s death he had come to clean up Dodge and immediately set the stage for a whole new Chinese mindset For all his mistakes he was what China needed at that moment and he took control with his characteristic competence and shrewdness I can t recommend the book strongly enough I knew next to nothing about the Tangshan earthuake and now I can picture it in living color and I can hear the moans of trapped survivors Even if you know China s history of the period James casts it in enough of a new light to make it fresh and enthralling It is not a fun read although James injects plenty of wry English humor where appropriate Beautifully written meticulously researched full of suspense and drama Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes belongs on the shelf of anyone who wants to better understand China at its most critical juncture in modern history

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read & download Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes James Palmer ¹ 6 free download summary Ù PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¹ James Palmer 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. 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 the Chinese efforts at earthuake prediction which failed so completely in regard to Tangshan might have had an odd connection with the Cultural Revolution Here s her premise the earthuake prediction science was developed not only because China is subject to such disastrous seismic events but also as a clandestine way to shield some scientists from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution In other words some scientists and academics may have survived being purged by being stashed in this very important projectOf course science is nowhere near being able to predict when and where earthuakes will happen not with any degree of specificity so the expectation that had arisen China can predict earthuakes was dashedAnyway I wanted to investigate this aspect closely but found little discussion of it However I learned a whole lot about China and earthuakes and that s totally worth it

  • Hardcover
  • 296
  • Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes
  • James Palmer
  • English
  • 13 October 2019
  • 9780465014781