Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revolutionary : a Biography
PublicAffairs, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
When Gao Wenqian first published this groundbreaking, provocative biography in Hong Kong, it was immediately banned in the People’s Republic. Using classified documents spirited out of the China, he offers an objective human portrait of the real Zhou Enlai, the premier of the People’s Republic of China from 1949 until his death in 1976. Often touted as “the last perfect revolutionary,” Zhou is “a modern saint” who offered protection to his people during the Cultural Revolution, and an icon who allows modern Chinese to find an admirable figure in what was a traumatic and bloody era. But his greatest gift was to survive, at almost any price, thanks to his acute understanding of where political power resided at any one time.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - beebowallace - LibraryThing
I knew little about Zhou Enlai other than what I had been told about him. After reading Gao's biography, I find him to be a much more complex actor in the Cultural Revolution than what I had previously known. Read full review
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Zhou Enlai had one of the longest careers of any world statesman. He came to national prominence in 1919 as part of China's antiimperialist May Fourth Movement, lived to welcome Richard Nixon to ... Read full review