Mao Zedong in a rice field with hat, from
Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung

Effectively unreported by the world press at the time, the famine that swept China from 1958 to 1962 cost perhaps thirty-six million dead from starvation and related causes. In addition, because without food women cease to menstruate, perhaps another forty million babies were not born. So the total population loss was we ...