Mao: The Unknown Story
by Jon Halliday, Jung Chang
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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Jung Chang Wild Swans has been an extraordinary bestseller around the world, selling over 10 million copies, and reaching a wider readership than any other book on ChinaNow she and her husband Jon Halliday have written a new biography of Mao Tse-tungBased on a decade of research, and on interviews with many Mao circle outreach in China who have never spoken before and with virtually anyone outside China, who had meaningful relationships with him – this is the most authoritative in Mao’s life ever writtenHe is full of shattering revelations, exploding the myth of the Long March, and showing a totally unknown Mao: he was not motivated by idealism or ideology, his intimate and complex relationship with Stalin went in the 1920s, eventually, to bring to power; he welcomed the Japanese occupation of much of China; and he hasAfter Mao conquered China in 1949, his secret goal was to dominate the world.To chase that dream away, it caused the death of 38 million people in the greatest famine in historyIn all, more than 70 million Chinese perished under Mao’s reign – in peacetimeCombining meticulous storytelling with the style narration of Wild Swans, this immediate biography of the Mao roller-coaster of life, as he intrigued and fought every step of the way by force through his unpopular decisionsThe reader enters the shadow of Mao’s rooms of the court, and spies on the drama in its recessesMao of the character and enormity of his behavior towards his wives, mistresses and children are revealed for the first timeIt’s a whole new look to Mao both the content and approachIt will surprise historians and the general public alike
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