Mao The Real Story

ISBN-10: 1451654480

ISBN-13: 9781451654486

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Description: This “comprehensive, judicious, and finely detailed” (Roderick MacFarquhar, The New York Review of Books) biography of Mao Zedong traces how he created a totalitarian government even more destructive and extreme than Stalin’s, while transforming China from an impoverished nation to a leading world power.Drawing on revelatory Russian documents unavailable to previous biographers, Mao: The Real Story traces the ascension to power of one of the most important figures in the twentieth century. A complex individual who was both revolutionary and tyrant, poet and despot, Mao brought China from poverty and medieval backwardness into the modern age—but was responsible for a loss of life at least as great as that caused by Hitler and Stalin.Alexander V. Pantsov and Steven I. Levine reveal Mao’s ruthless consolidation of power as China unified under the communists, as well as the tragic failure of Mao’s infamous Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution and the ways he ruthlessly tossed aside old comrades with whom he disagreed. This page-turner also presents startling information about the Great Helmsman’s personal life: his deep depressions and manic highs, his many marriages and children, and his affairs with young women, even into his last years.Perhaps the biggest news in this biography, called “definitive” by both Publishers Weekly and Booklist, is how Mao remained a loyal Stalinist throughout his life, taking orders from the Soviet leader until the dictator’s death. Mao: The Real Story is a substantial and unparalleled contribution to our understanding of one of history’s towering figures, a man whose crimes and achievements are at last coming to light.

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List price: $29.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 784
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Steven I. Levine is research faculty associate in the Department of History at the University of Montana and author or editor of four books, including Anvil of Victory: The Communist Revolution in Manchuria, 1945-1948 and America's Wars in Asia:

Cast of Characters
Note on the Spelling of Chinese Words
Introduction: Myths and Realities
The Apprentice
The Foster Child of the Bodhisattva
On the Threshold of a New World
"I Think, Therefore, I Am"
The Sound of Footsteps in a Deserted Valley
Dreams of a Red Chamber
The Great Union of the Popular Masses
Breathing World Revolution, or the Magic of Dictatorship
"Following the Russian Path"
The Lessons of Bolshevik Tactics
The Revolutionary
Entering the Guomindang
Hopes and Disappointments
Playing with Chiang Kai-Shek
The Collapse of the United Front
The Path to the Soviets
Red Banner over the Jinggang Mountains
A Single Spark can start a Prairie Fire
Under the Comintern's Wing
Dog Eat Dog, Communist-Style
The Long March
The Xi'an Incident
The Flirtatious Philosopher
Consolidating Control over the CCP
Stalin, Mao, and the New Democratic Revolution in China
The Dictator
Visit to the Red Mecca
The Korean Adventure
The Contradictions of New Democracy
Socialist Industrialization
The Great Turning Point
The Emancipation of Consciousness
The Great Leap Forward
Famine and Fear
"The Dismissal of Hai Rui from Office"
To Rebel is Justified
The Red Guard Tragedy
The Mystery of Project 571
Death of the Red Emperor
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Mao Zedong's Chronology
Mao Zedong's Genealogy
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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