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  • Hardback | 170 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192731408
  • 9780192731401

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Carter goes in for capsule characterizations and glittering cliches (". . . like a snake [Chiang's army] recoiled, only to strike again"), yet his biography is toneless overall as he does not distinguish between the peaks and planes in Mao's life or his thought. Every now and then Carter stops to lecture the reader - on the fruits of creative leisure, on Mao's remarkable qualities - but he hasn't the knack of integrating events with their meaning, and his reluctance to interpret gives them a shapeless quality. Only toward the end, from the Cultural Revolution to the death of Lin Piao, does the political significance of the events seem to shape the narrative. Otherwise important statements are not sorted out from the others; and with a similar lack of proportion several of Mao's poems are quoted in toto while his political writing gets cursory attention. With all his flashy color, Jules Archer (Mao Tse-Tung, 1972) does a better job of lighting the high points (of Mao's thought as well as his life) for readers as yet unready for an adult biography. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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