Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958â€“62, is a 2010 book by professor and historian Frank DikÃ¶tter about the Great Chinese Famine of 1958â€“1962 in the People's Republic of China under Mao Zedong (1893â€“1976).
Based on four years of research in recently opened Chinese provincial, county, and city archives, DikÃ¶tter supports an estimate of "at least" 45 million premature deaths in China during the famine years. DikÃ¶tter characterizes the Great Famine as "The worst catastrophe in Chinaâ€™s history, and one of the worst anywhere.".
The book won the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2011, and has been described by Andrew J. Nathan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, describes as "the most detailed account yet" of the Great Chinese Famine.