"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 murdershow more