Mao : The Unknown Story

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The most authoritative life of the Chinese leader every written, "Mao: The Unknown Story "is 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. 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. In all, well over 70 million Chinese perished under Mao's rule -- in peacetime.

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  • Paperback | 801 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 46mm | 1,038.73g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • annotated edition
  • 32 PP OFB&W; 3 MAPS
  • 0679746323
  • 9780679746324
  • 244,365

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"An atom bomb of a book." -"Time" "A magisterial work. . . . This magnificent biography methodically demolishes every pillar of Mao's claim to sympathy or legitimacy. . . . A triumph." -"The New York Times Book Review" "Chilling. . . . Impressive. . . . An extremely compelling portrait of Mao that will still shock many." -"The Christian Science Monitor" "An important book in ways not envisaged. . . . A work of unanswerable authority." -"The Seattle Post-Intelligencer" "The most complete and assiduously researched biography of its subject yet published. . . . No earlier work comes close to matching the density of detail here. . . . The authors have performed brilliant historical detective work." -"The Atlantic Monthly" "Chang and Halliday cast new and revealing light on nearly every episode in Mao's tumultuous life...a stupendous work and one hopes that it will be brought before the Chinese people, who still claim to venerate the man and who have yet to come to terms with their own history..."-Michael Yahuda, "The Guardian" "Jung Chang and Jon Halliday have not, in the whole of their narrative, a good word to say about Mao. In a normal biography, such an unequivocal denunciation would be both suspect and tedious. But the clear scholarship, and careful notes, of "The Unknown Story "provoke another reaction. Mao Tse-Tung's evil, undoubted and well-documented, is unequalled throughout modern history."-Roy Hattersley, "The Observer" "Ever since the spectacular success of Chang's "Wild Swans "we have waited impatiently for her to complete with her husband this monumental study of China's most notorious modern leader. The expectation has been that she would rewrite modern Chinese history. The wait has been worthwhile and the expectation justified. This is a bombshell of a book."-Chris Patten, last British governor of Hong Kong, in "The Times" "A triumph. It is a mesmerising portrait of tyranny, degeneracy, mass murder

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About Jung Chang

Jung Chang was born in Yibin, Sichuan province, China, in 1952. During the Cultural Revolution (1966--1976) she worked as a peasant, a "barefoot doctor," a steelworker, and an electrician before becoming an English-language student and, later, an assistant lecturer at Sichuan University. She left China for Britain in 1978 and was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the University of York, where she obtained a Ph.D. in linguistics in 1982, the first person from the People's Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British University. Her award-winning book, Wild Swans, was published in 1991, and has sold more than 10 million copies in 30 languages. Jon Halliday is a former Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King's College, University of London. He has written or edited eight previous books.

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