Mao: The Unknown Story

ISBN-10: 0099461552
ISBN-13: 9780099461555
Edition: N/A
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Description: 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 - this is an authoritative account of Mao's life.

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Book details

Publisher: Vintage
Pages: 832
Size: 5.18" wide x 7.91" long x 1.70" tall
Weight: 1.980

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 - this is an authoritative account of Mao's life.

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—Lukewarm Believer
On the Cusp from Ancient to Modern(1893–1911; age 1–17)
Becoming a Communist(1911–20; age 17–26)
Lukewarm Believer(1920–25; age 26–31)
Rise and Demise in the Nationalist Party (1925–27; age 31–33)
Hijacking a Red Force and Taking Over Bandit Land(1927–28; age 33–34)
Subjugating the Red Army Supremo(1928–30; age 34–36)
Takeover Leads to Death of Second Wife(1927–30; age 33–36)
Bloody Purge Paves the Way for “Chairman Mao”(1929–31; age 35–37)
Mao and the First Red State(1931–34; age 37–40)
Troublemaker to Figurehead(1931–34; age 37–40)
How Mao Got onto the Long March(1933–34; age 39–40)
Long March I: Chiang Lets the Reds Go(1934; age 40)
Long March II: The Power Behind the Throne(1934–35; age 40–41)
Long March III: Monopolising the Moscow Connection(1935; age 41)
—Building His Power Base
The Timely Death of Mao’s Host(1935–36; age 41–42)
Chiang Kai-shek Kidnapped(1935–36; age 41–42)
A National Player(1936; age 42–43)
New Image, New Life and New Wife(1937–38; age 43–44)
Red Mole Triggers China–Japan War(1937–38; age 43–44)
Fight Rivals and Chiang—Not Japan(1937–40; age 43–46)
Most Desired Scenario: Stalin Carves Up China with Japan(1939–40; age 45–46)
Death Trap for His Own Men(1940–41; age 46–47)
Building a Power Base Through Terror(1941–45; age 47–51)
Uncowed Opponent Poisoned(1941–45; age 47–51)
Supreme Party Leader at Last(1942–45; age 48–51)
—To Conquer China
“Revolutionary Opium War”(1937–45; age 43–51)
The Russians Are Coming!(1945–46; age 51–52)
Saved by Washington(1944–47; age 50–53)
Moles, Betrayals and Poor Leadership Doom Chiang(1945–49; age 51–55)
China Conquered(1946–49; age 52–55)
Totalitarian State, Extravagant Lifestyle(1949–53; age 55–59)
Part 5
Rivalry with Stalin(1947–49; age 53–55)
Two Tyrants Wrestle(1949–50; age 55–56)
Why Mao and Stalin Started the Korean War(1949–50; age 55–56)
Mao Milks the Korean War(1950–53; age 56–59)
Launching the Secret Superpower Programme(1953–54; age 59–60)
War on Peasants(1953–56; age 59–62)
Undermining Khrushchev(1956–59; age 62–65)
Killing the “Hundred Flowers”(1957–58; age 63–64)
The Great Leap: “Half of China May Well Have to Die”(1958–61; age 64–67)
Defence Minister Peng’s Lonely Battle(1958

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