Mao The Unknown Story

ISBN-10: 0679746323
ISBN-13: 9780679746324
Edition: 2006
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Description: “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  More...

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 864
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.772

“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, the last governor of Hong Kong, in The Times (London) 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 the most authoritative life of Mao ever written. 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. Combining meticulous research with the story-telling style of Wild Swans, this biography offers a harrowing portrait of Mao’s ruthless accumulation of power through the exercise of terror: his first victims were the peasants, then the intellectuals and, finally, the inner circle of his own advisors. The reader enters the shadowy chambers of Mao’s court and eavesdrops on the drama in its hidden recesses. Mao’s character and the enormity of his behavior toward his wives, mistresses and children are unveiled for the first time. This is an entirely fresh look at Mao in both content and approach. It will astonish historians and the general reader alike. From the Hardcover edition.

Jung Chang was born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. She left China for Britain in 1978 and obtained a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of York in 1982. She is the first person from the People�s Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university. She lives in London with her husband, Jon Halliday, with whom she wrote Mao: The Unknown Story. Her non-fiction book, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, was a New York Times bestseller in 2014.

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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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