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Mao: The Real Story

Format:  Hardcover,

755 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9781451654479

ISBN-10: 1451654472

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This major new biography of Mao uses extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to biographers to reveal surprising details about Mao's rise to power and his leadership in China.
Mao Zedong was one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, the most important in the history of modern China. A complex figure, he was champion of the poor and brutal tyrant, poet and despot.
Pantsov and Levine show Mao's relentless drive to succeed, vividly describing his growing role in the nascent Communist Party of China. They disclose startling facts about his personal life, particularly regarding his health and his lifelong serial affairs with young women. They portray him as the loyal Stalinist that he was, who never broke with the Soviet Union until after Stalin's death.
Mao brought his country from poverty and economic backwardness into the modern age and onto the world stage. But he was also responsible for an unprecedented loss of life. The disastrous Great Leap Forward with its accompanying famine and the bloody Cultural Revolution were Mao's creations. Internationally Mao began to distance China from the USSR under Khrushchev and shrewdly renewed relations with the U.S. as a counter to the Soviets. He lived and behaved as China's last emperor.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9781451654479
ISBN-10: 1451654472
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 755
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.75 x 10.0 x 1.75

Chapter outline

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

Book description

This major new biography of Mao uses extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to biographers to reveal surprising details about Mao’s rise to power and his leadership in China.

Mao Zedong was one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, the most important in the history of modern China. A complex figure, he was champion of the poor and brutal tyrant, poet and despot.

Pantsov and Levine show Mao’s relentless drive to succeed, vividly describing his growing role in the nascent Communist Party of China. They disclose startling facts about his personal life, particularly regarding his health and his lifelong serial affairs with young women. They portray him as the loyal Stalinist that he was, who never broke with the Soviet Union until after Stalin’s death.

Mao brought his country from poverty and economic backwardness into the modern age and onto the world stage. But he was also responsible for an unprecedented loss of life. The disastrous Great Leap Forward with its accompanying famine and the bloody Cultural Revolution were Mao’s creations. Internationally Mao began to distance China from the USSR under Khrushchev and shrewdly renewed relations with the U.S. as a counter to the Soviets. He lived and behaved as China’s last emperor.

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