Views Read Edit View history. David S. While he was complimentary of the book in some respects — noting for example that it "shows special insight into the suffering of Mao's wives and children" — and acknowledged that it might make real contributions to the field, Nathan's review was largely negative. The book opens with the sentence "Mao Tse-tung, who for decades held absolute power over the lives of one-quarter of the world's population, was responsible for well over 70 million deaths in peacetime, more than any other twentieth century leader. None of them are wrong, if you realize that for most people, politics was what Mao Dezong said it was.
Chang and Halliday do not accept the idealistic explanations for Mao's rise to. to this description and his threat of legal action led Jung Chang's publishers in. Jung Chang and Jon Halliday have revealed Mao as one of the 20th century's greatest monsters, says Michael Yahuda.
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The author of Wild Swans and her historian husband, Jon Halliday, have torn away the many masks and falsehoods with which Mao and the Communist party of China to this. The most authoritative life of the Chinese leader every written, Mao: The Unknown Story is based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao's.
This is the first intimate, political biography of the greatest monster of them all — the Red Emperor of China.
Retrieved on 4 April He referred to it a "magnificent book" and "a stupendous work" which cast "new and revealing light on nearly every episode in Mao's tumultuous life. More information can be found here. When it inevitably failed Mao ordered that the survivors be executed.
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Mao by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday - Stock Image Jung Chang author of the WILD SWANS speaking about her new book MAO THE UNKNOWN STORY at. Nothing was ever mentioned about Mao's wife, who Zhu Xiao-Mei and Jung Chang wrote about.
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The tour that led to the book and the documentary was planned with care. Washington Post. Professor Thomas Bernstein of Columbia University referred to the book as " Academic reviews from China specialists were, on the whole, mostly critical.
This is where the account is almost too happy, wholesome, but imperfect Roper writes. Chang found a witness, Li Xiu-zhen, who told her that she saw no fighting and that the bridge was not on fire.
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|In writing for the New Left ReviewBritish historian and public intellectual Tariq Ali criticized the book's focus on Mao's sex life as well as "advancing moral criteria for political leaders that they would never apply to a Roosevelt or a Kennedy".
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