Reader’s Corner: ‘The World Turned Upside Down’

My review of Yang Jisheng’s new history of the Cultural Revolution, The World Turned Upside Down, was published at PopMatters:

For the first few years of the Cultural Revolution, China ripped itself apart in a frenzy of finger-pointing, denunciations, and pogroms. The combination of didacticism, divinely-ordained illogic, and thirst for public declarations of guilt (preferably following sessions of torture) reads like the Spanish Inquisition as carried out by the Khmer Rouge…