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Mao: The Unknown Story
Mao: The Unknown Story | Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
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Jung Chang's Wild Swans was an extraordinary bestseller throughout the world, selling more than 10 million copies and reaching a wider readership than any other book about China. Now she and her husband Jon Halliday have written a groundbreaking biography of Mao Tse-tung. 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 history with the story-telling style of Wild Swans, this biography makes immediate Mao's roller-coaster life, as he intrigued and fought every step of the way to force through his unpopular decisions. 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 behaviour towards 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.
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fleeting
Mao: The Unknown Story | Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
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Doing a bit of background reading before I jump in to Yan Lianke's tomes. Hopefully more on Yan's books soon.

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Lindsy
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Mehso-so

I‘ve been reading this for *years* and I finally finished. It was my bucket list read for 2017. Basically 600+ pages on why Mao was the worst. Not the most nuanced account.

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cristiana_de_sousa
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Pickpick

Uma coleção espectacular da editora Guerra & Paz! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mao: The Unknown Story | Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
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#riotgrams Day 22: Book face
Mao: giving the side eye since 1893

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GinEyre22
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#riotgrams Day 16: Bookmarks

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Mao: The Unknown Story | Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
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#riotgrams Day 15: Book and treats

AmyG Two favorite things. I am not sure which I love most. ;) 2y
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Lindsy
Mao: The Unknown Story | Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
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How many of you have a book that, despite not being able to finish, you refuse to DNF? I swear I've been reading this one for years! I'm going to get through it even if it's the last thing I do 😠