Mao: The Unknown Story

Jung Chang & Jon Halliday


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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.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Reassessment of Mao's Legacy: The book offers a critical reassessment of Mao Zedong's legacy, presenting him in a more negative light than traditional narratives that often emphasized his role as a revolutionary hero.

  2. Brutality and Repression: It delves into Mao's role in various campaigns, such as the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, highlighting the brutality, repression, and human cost associated with these initiatives.

  3. Personal Life: The authors explore Mao's personal life, providing insights into his relationships, family dynamics, and personal habits to paint a more comprehensive picture of the man behind the political figure.

  4. Mao's Leadership Style: The book likely discusses Mao's leadership style, including his decision-making processes, use of propaganda, and tactics to maintain control over the Chinese Communist Party and the country.

  5. Soviet Relations: Expect insights into Mao's complex relationship with the Soviet Union, covering periods of collaboration as well as instances of tension and rivalry.

  6. Role in International Politics: The authors might examine Mao's role in international politics, including his interactions with other world leaders and his impact on global affairs during the Cold War.

  7. Economic Policies: The book likely addresses Mao's economic policies, such as the Great Leap Forward, and their consequences for China's economic development.

  8. Personality Cult: The authors might explore the creation and maintenance of Mao's personality cult, examining its impact on Chinese society and politics.

  9. Mao's Military Strategies: Expect discussions on Mao's military strategies, including his involvement in the Chinese Civil War and the Korean War, and their impact on the geopolitical landscape.

  10. Reception and Controversy: The book may touch upon the reception and controversy surrounding its portrayal of Mao, including how the work has been received by scholars, historians, and the wider public.

Language English
ISBN-10 0679746323
ISBN-13 9780679746324
No of pages 799
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Book Publisher Anchor Books
Published Date 14 Nov 2006

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