Mao: A Life

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Macmillan, Feb 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 782 pages
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When the Nationalists routed a ragtag Red Army on the Xiang River during the Long March, an earthy Chinese peasant with a brilliant mind moved to a position of power. Eight years after his military success, Mao Tse-tung had won out over more sophisticated rivals to become party chairman, his title for life. Isolated by his eminence, he lived like a feudal emperor for much of his reign after blood purge and agricultural failures took more lives than those killed by either Stalin or Hitler. His virtual quarantine resulted in an ideological/political divide and a devastating reign of terror that became known as the Cultural Revolution. One cannot understand today's China without first understanding Mao, and Philip Short's masterly assessment -- informed by a wealth of new sources -- allows the reader to understand this colossal figure whose shadow will dominate the twenty-first century.
 

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"Mao is China, China is Mao" is the thesis of this rather lengthy yet well-written and -researched biography of the first leader of the Chinese Communist Party, in power from 1949 until his death in ... Read full review

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Dont Buy Philip Short Books. Read What your funding. Philip Short Prays on young asian women, Thats what the pubilc is doing by buying his books. He Prays on young Women that are in desperate need. Many countrys in asia as he has spent his whole life around. He has many Wives & Children in many Countrys. He Abandons Them.
This is one of the girls. He got on a plane and spent 2 months in a hotel Room in philipines. What kind of guy is this? he is 67 years old she just turned 20.. shes 47 yrs to his junior.
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Contents

A Confucian Childhood
19
Revolution
39
Lords of Misrule
52
A Ferment of Isms
82
The Comintern Takes Charge
117
Events Leading to the Horse Day Incident and its Bloody Aftermath
179
Out of the Barrel of a Gun
195
Futian Loss of Innocence
265
Paper Tigers
408
The Sorcerers Apprentice
439
Musings on Immortality
506
Cataclysm
527
Things Fall Apart
586
Epilogue
627
Dramatis Personae
635
Notes
643

Chairman of the Republic
285
In Search of the Grey Dragon The Long March North
318
Yanan Interlude The Philosopher is King
353

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About the author (2001)

Philip Short has been a foreign correspondent for The Times (London), The Economist, and BBC in Uganda, Moscow, China, and Washington, D.C. He lived in China for seven years; he now resides in Paris.

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