The Private Life of Chairman Mao
From 1954 until Mao Zedong's death 22 years later. Dr. Li Zhisui was the Chinese ruler's personal physician. For most of these years, Mao was in excellent health; thus he and the doctor had time to discuss political and personal matters. Dr. Li recorded many of these conversations in his diaries, as well as in his memory. In this book, Dr. Li vividly reconstructs his extraordinary time with Chairman Mao.
NOTE: This edition does not include a photo insert.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - datrappert - LibraryThing
Fascinating behind the scenes account by Mao's personal physician has the ring of truth to it. The amazing thing when reading about Mao is always how anyone as basically repulsive as he was could hold such a sway over people. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wandering_star - LibraryThing
Gives a very good sense of the way that the "court" read the signs of Mao's preference, and the way that power flowed from conveying a sense of fear. Read full review
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The Private Life of Chairman Mao: The Memoirs of Mao's Personal Physician
Limited preview - 1994