Totalitarianism, famine and us


A new piece of mine reviewing Yang Jisheng’s Tombstone and other relevant books appears in The Nation this week. Yang’s summa is getting much coverage, on NPR, the New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. While these pieces honor the book’s intentions, they don’t offer much of a framework for how it might matter outside China, aside from knowing more detail about this exceptional horror. I try to offer one.


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About Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is JHenry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and professor of history at Yale University. He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard, 2010), and edited or coedited a number of others. His most recent books are Christian Human Rights (Penn, 2015), based on Mellon Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2014, and Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (Harvard, 2018).