Mao: the unknown story

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Jonathan Cape, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 814 pages
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Jung Chang's WILD SWANS was an extraordinary bestseller throughout the world, selling more than 10 million copies and reaching a wider readership than any other book about China. Now she and her husband Jon Halliday have written a groundbreaking biography of Mao Tse-tung. Based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before - and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him - this is the most authoritative life of Mao ever written. It is full of startling revelations, exploding the myth of the Long March, and showing a completely unknown Mao: he was not driven by idealism or ideology; his intimate and intricate relationship with Stalin went back to the 1920s, ultimately bringing him to power; he welcomed Japanese occupation of much of China; and he schemed, poisoned and blackmailed to get his way. After Mao conquered China in 1949, his secret goal was to dominate the world. In chasing this dream he caused the deaths of 38 million people in the greatest famine in history. Combining meticulous history with the story-telling style of WILD SWANS this biography makes immediate Mao's roller-coaster life, as he intrigued and fought every step of the way to force through his unpopular decisions. The reader enters the shadowy chambers of Mao's court, and eavesdrops on the drama in its hidden recesses. Mao's character and the enormity of his behaviour towards his wives, mistresses and children are unveiled for the first time. This is an entirely fresh look at Mao in both content and approach. It will astonish historians and the general reader alike.

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Never have I read such a well researched biography. - Goodreads
I like the writing style. - Goodreads
Poorly written but superbly researched. - Goodreads
Very well written, unemotional portrayal. - Goodreads
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Written clearly and easy to read for such a big topic. - Goodreads
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I have only read one tenth of this book and find that this book is actually a comic book. The author's views are intended to make people laugh! I have been a fan of Jay Leno's tonight show. He has used many similar tricks to make events funny.
You only need to know a few facts of that period and have common sense and you will find this book very funny. I was laughing while reading.
I don't know Mao's story can be told in such a funny way until I read this book. Good job!
I give it five stars to rate it as the funnest book ever written about Mao!
 

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This was a pure hatchet job. And a poorly disguised one. They paint Mao as some sort of nincompoop which, when one thinks about it, actually makes the Chinese look like a bunch of idiots. There's no ... Read full review

Contents

On the Cusp from Ancient to Modern
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Becoming a Communist 191120 age 1726
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Rise and Demise in the Nationalist Party
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