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Books To Read and Discover About Mao, Hitler and the Environment  

Friday, July 3, 2009

While browsing the blog of Manuel L. Quezon III, I came across his list of books and three books caught my attention which I think is worth reading and I myself is considering to buy them. These three books are Mao's Last Revolution, Hitler's Thirty Days to Power, and A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations.

Mao and Hitler were some of the leaders which I consider very intelligent although Hitler did the wrong move to the evil side by butchering many Jews. Here are details of the book from Amazon.com

Mao's Last Revolution. n a masterly book, Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals explain why Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, and show his Machiavellian role in masterminding it (which Chinese publications conceal). In often horrifying detail, they document the Hobbesian state that ensued. The movement veered out of control and terror paralyzed the country. Power struggles raged among Lin Biao, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Qing—Mao’s wife and leader of the Gang of Four—while Mao often played one against the other.

Hitler's Thirty Days to Power. This book by Henry Ashby Turner, Jr., a Stille’ professor of history at Yale most noted for his study of the role of big business in the advent of the Nazi regime, takes a wholly different approach. This is a day-by-day, indeed sometimes an hour-by-hour, account of the actions of the leaders of Germany during the weeks leading up to Hitler’s appointment as chancellor on January 30, 1933. By examining the negotiations that led to the fateful swearing-in ceremony in President Paul von Hindenburg’s office, Turner purports to show that the advent of the Nazis to power was in fact largely a matter of dumb luck.

A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations. Years ahead of its time, Clive Ponting captivated readers with A Green History of the World, his study of great civilizations and the causes of their fall. Using the Roman empire as its central example, this classic work reveals how overexpansion and the exhaustion of available natural resources have played key roles in the collapse of all great cultures in human history. With an argument of urgent relevance to our modern society, A Green History of the World offers a provocative and illuminating view of human history and its relationship to the environment.


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