- Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 22mm | 281g
- Publication date: 1 August 2004
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0415215781
- ISBN 13: 9780415215787
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: 8 black & white illustrations, 1 black & white tables
- Sales rank: 294,735
Michael Lynch presents an engaging and thorough account of Mao's life and politics, making use of a wealth of primary and secondary sources. He locates Maoism in the broader context of twentieth century Chinese history, discussing the development of the Chinese Communist Party, the creation of the People's Republic of China and the Cultural Revolution, and the part played by Mao in the Cold War. Details of Mao's controversial private life as well as his political and philosophical thought add to this diverse picture of the influential leader. This well-written biography will be essential reading to anyone interested in twentieth century China and its most memorable figure.
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Michael Lynch teaches history at the University of Leicester.
'Readers gain not only a knowledge of Mao's life but a good introduction to China's history and with it an excellent analysis of the revolutionary in any age or country.' - Contemporary Review