Mao: The Unknown Story (Paperback)
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Short Description for Mao Based on a decade of meticulous research and on unprecedented interviews with Chairman Mao's inner circle and virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him, this authoritative biography will radically change readers' understanding of one of the major political figures of the 20th century. 32 pages of photos & maps.
- Published: 14 November 2006
- Format: Paperback 801 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780679746324 ISBN 10: 0679746323
- Sales rank: 235,670
Full description for Mao
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.