Mao The Unknown Story 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 close circle in China who have never talke

  • Title: Mao: The Unknown Story
  • Author: Jung Chang Jon Halliday
  • ISBN: 9780679746324
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 close circle in China who have never talked before and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him It is full of startling revelations, exploding the myth of the Long March, and shThe 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 close circle in China who have never talked before and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him 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.

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    1. I was very much looking forward to this highly touted book, as it's widely considered to be the most thorough and in depth study of Mao ever done. It's true, actually. The amount of detail is pretty incredible.The thing that has been turning me off of this book is that it falls victim a little too much to the author's personal feelings for Mao. I understand that a lot of what he did was atrocious. I just wish that I didn't feel like I was being force fed the author's point of view quite so blata [...]

    2. ماو تسي تونغ سيرة ذاتية كتبتها مؤلفة (بجعات برية) يونغ تشانغ بالتعاون مع زوجها البريطاني جون هوليداي، الشعور الذي سيشعر به القارئ حالما يفرغ من الكتاب هو مزيج من عدم التصديق لكل هذا الشر الذي كان يحتويه ماو، وحجم الكوارث التي تسبب بها للصينيين، وشعور آخر بأن المؤلفة بالغت بش [...]

    3. As we all know, he was the man who killed the mostBut many people might not know this:The only right thing he ever did was DIEStill there many many many many many people here are worshipping and adoring him, seeing him as a God~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finally received the tome today thru by a longtime shipping freight, expensive and risky(you got it), but worthy and deservingThis book of untold stories of him tells the world a lot about(not only about the dictatorship of his fuc [...]

    4. Okay, I put my hands upis book has me defeated. At page 228 I am giving up. It is just too dense, and too filled with battle and political strategy to be my cup of tea.I have however gleaned some interesting points from what I have read. (view spoiler)[* I had not appreciated the degree to which Soviet Russia and Stalin were involved with the setting up and support of The Chinese Communist Party and the Red Army. The early Chinese Communists were born out of Russia's passion for communism, and t [...]

    5. I can't decide whether to keep going with this book, which is one of the most annoying biographies I've ever read. The tabloidish whiff of the subtitle -- The Unknown Story! -- is misleading: this book should have been called Mao: What a DICK! Its tone is bizarrely vitriolic and hysterical, as the authors take every single conceivable opportunity to spell out after each example that, see, look, Mao was a real DICK.Here's the thing: we already know that Mao was a dick! And if we somehow didn't, s [...]

    6. How do I review a book like this? I don't know, because I have decidedly mixed feelings about Mao myself. Jung Chang wrote the amazing "Wild Swans" biography/autobiography, but her voice there falls far short of the voice here. I'll be honest. It's very, very biased. She presents the work as *factual* when it's not actually quite that factual. Much of her interpretation and statements are based off of things like, "a dear friend of Mao's said" and yet, the friend is *not* named or referenced. Ju [...]

    7. This isn't balanced biography. This is more like character assassination. It reminded me of the harsh biographical treatment Albert Goldman gave Elvis Presley some years ago. Whatever detail of Mao's life Chang writes about, the negative aspects are emphasized. The facts of his marriages are glued together with the ways he crippled them and damaged the wives. Writing about his children, the author underlines the ways he mistreated them. Every lash of the whip is here: not writing to his children [...]

    8. This is a comprehensive hatchet job on the Western myth of Mao's "making of modern China". It should be read by everyone who grew up in the post-war years, with the recurrent fascination our society had with the internal convulsions of the "People's Republic" and its growing influence on its neighbours. It is well written - I noticed a few repetitions, but nothing annoying, and it kept my interest throughout. I'm sure the passion that comes through the book's relentless examination of Mao's beha [...]

    9. I'm going to have to come back to this; it's an exhaustive read. I will say this: I would have given it five stars but for the fact that the writing itself is extremely textbookish. At times, reading it was a chore that ranks up there with getting through John Galt's 60-page speech in Atlas Shrugged. But Mao is so well researched and such an interesting topic, covering a fascinating period in Chinese history Update: If you really are a glutton for punishment and want to read what I really think [...]

    10. “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” Quote of Mao Tse-tung“Long Live Chairman Mao”“Chairman Mao Tse-tung is the Saviour of the Chinese People”During the 1960’s and ‘70’s Mao was a much revered world leader – particularly adored by the college crowd (I know I was one of them) who put Mao on a pedestal. He was placed among the great leaders of the 20th century like Gandhi. His stature in Western society was likely similar to that of Stalin who was also glorified d [...]

    11. Just like when I read Wild Swans byt Jung Chang, there were times when my eyes almost crossed when she is writing of politics and military maneuvers. However, I felt that anyone interested in 20th Century China should read both. There has been some controversy about the accuracy of some of the information, but overall, from what I have read, there is some new information that has been verified (Russia's involvement in Chinese politics during the civil war, for example). Sometimes, I think Jung C [...]

    12. This book is anti-Mao, for sure, but from what I've read in other books, that seems to be justified. Mao is responsible for the worst man-made famine in all of history--30 million people died. He caused the deaths of more people than Hitler and Stalin put together. A lot of people don't know that because it isn't part of Western history, but it is true. My only problem with the book was the exhaustive detail. Sometimes it was just too much. But I found it well-researched and informative.

    13. Man, this was a 2 1/2 month project to slog through. That's not to say it isn't a good book, I just had a hard time in the first half when we just have example after example of Mao killing thousands of his own men because he's either scared of losing power, scared of Stalin, scared of Chiang Kai-Shek, or greedy for something or other. It actually gets sort of redundant. The book really picks up in the second half when things get considerably more interesting with the Russians and when, little by [...]

    14. A minutely researched story of how Mao came-to and stayed-in power, with a lot of behind the scenes information, detailed accounts from diplomatic meetings and interviews of people who came into contact with him.Is it well written? It’s good, but not outstanding, and it feels biased. There is a wealth of interesting information on how his regime functioned, but Mao as a person doesn’t come fully through. There are some repetitions, some things are unclear, some information seems willfully om [...]

    15. An excellent read - thorough, painstaking research and incisive insight presented in a manner that tells the story of one of the leading historical figures of the twentieth century. Even readers with little or no knowledge of Chinese history will conclude this book with a thorough understanding of how we got to where we are today in the Far East, and of the inside life of this most evil of men. Like Hitler and Stalin, he not only wiped out entire communities in their millions, but also tended to [...]

    16. At first, I was put off by the heavily polemical style and constant sneers at Mao. But I pushed on, and I'm glad that I did. Read the book, not as academic history or as a scientific investigation, but more as a bill of indictment. Chang and Halliday spent ten years digging up an extraordinary wealth of material, and I doubt anyone will ever match what they have done. They had access to Russian archival material and various aging eye-witnesses in China that have not been available to previous hi [...]

    17. I once owned a t-shirt that I bought while vacationing in China that had a picture of Mao that is identical to the one on the cover of this book. Had I known how narcissistic, evil, diabolical, cruel and ruthless this man really was, I would have torn the shirt to shreds. I thought Hitler was evilMao Ze Dong was responsible for at least 10 times the number of deaths that Hitler was. In the tradition of the cruel emperors of China's past, Mao set himself up to be a god who required unquestioning [...]

    18. MaoShocking, traumatizing, depressing, text-bookish but brilliant. This is the sequal to Jung Chang's first international best seller, "Wild Swans - Three Daughters of China". It was not an easy read and certainly a challenge to empathize with Jung Chang's anger and open contempt for Mao. Her intense personal feelings established this book as a personal journey of discovery which took her ten years of intense research. Although most of the facts can be verified, there are others, supplied by peo [...]

    19. Right, this is not an unbiased and objective look at the life of Mao. This is the necessary counterpoint so that there might one day be an unbiased and objective account of the life of Mao. This opened my eyes to just how ignorant I am about a lot of the history of that region and the role of Mao especially. The book opens with Chang positing that Mao killed more than 60 million of his own people, more than any other dictator during peace time. He deliberated starved his own people, taking the h [...]

    20. I am giving this book four stars for two reasons. The first is that the research effort by Ms. Chang was extraordinary. The second is that her husband conducted exhaustive research in the Russian archives something that I suspect no other Western academic following China would have been able to do. The result is a book which is rich in detail on Mao and which presents the best description of Mao's relations with the Russians thus providing the best explanation of how the communists were able to [...]

    21. This long, detailed biography of Mao contains loads of information. It also goes at a good clip. Mao is presented as a sadist who used both terrorism of large groups and elimination of competing individuals to solidify his position alone at the top. The content is as gruesome as that of any war history book. Mao's sadistic side is brought out in a number of ways: his enjoyment of viewings of torture and killing; his treatment of his wives and close relatives. Mao is presented less as a strict co [...]

    22. Wow. I bet Batman would write a less biased hate filled book about his parents killers then what Changs got here. But both do deserve to be in a pulpy comic book world due to the sensationalism and over the top delivery they'd contain. This book doesn't stray too far away from Mao's life, but it does often take a break from history and dive off the deep end into hate fueled digression. Does Mao deserve such ferocious posthumous honors? You'll certainly think so after spending time with him in th [...]

    23. It is very peculiar that a book could be written of such length and full of such needling and petty detail while touching its subject so shallowly. The authors seem to view their job as to ascribe all evil to Mao, but it is not enough to say he was evil- what drove him? The book reaches a hilarious level of propaganda language. No opportunity for universal hyperbole is missed; no closing statement of doom is left unsaid. Some of them made me laugh out loud, probably not the authors intention but [...]

    24. Jung Chang and her husband are both respected university professors who attempt to present a biography over 20 years in the making. Every comment in their book is also extensively sourced with a bibliography at the end that illuminates they extensive span of their work. The problem is readership be it by academics or otherwise fails to differentiate that the book is not her opinion but rather a collection of other authors facts, many of them from unclassified documents in Russian KGB archives. U [...]

    25. Jung Chang wrote a beautiful story in Wild Swans, the biograpy of her own family through the Mao era, but this biography she has written of Mao Zedong is flawed in that she clearly lets her overwhelming hatred for what her family went through keep her from being an objective biographer. Chang paints Mao as a monster. He did fail as a leader, but he also did many good things for China. A historian--the role Chang is attempting to assume here--needs to look at all sides of these issues of power an [...]

    26. I hated this book. The author felt like the least objective person in the world, which was crazy, because her source material is one of the nastiest people to walk the face of the earth. All she really had to do was present her copious research to the reader and then let the reader fill in the blanks on how despicable Mao was. Instead, it was endless speculative leaps and questionable conclusions.

    27. Here is a man with NO redeeming qualities. Like, stood by when his own sons died and then seduced their wives kinda bad (never mind 70 million murdered). Pretty much the nicest thing about him that I found was: he would have have his bodyguards break in his shoes for him because he didn't like new clothes. I know, it's weak.

    28. Along with Hitler, Stalin and Saddam Hussein, Mao Tse Tung was one of the most evil men of the 20th century, as anyone with respect for human life will attest.The auhtors illustrate how Mao's thirst for blood is what led him to choose the Communist Party, over the Nationalists because the Nationalists put limits on the brutality their forces allowed and only the Communists could provide him with a means to assuage his mania for murder and destruction.From even before his participation in the civ [...]

    29. This is a long, detailed biography of Mao Zedong--coming in at 617 pages. It is hard hitting and very critical of its subject. And their rendering of the Long March is very different than the view of Alexander V. Pantsov and Steven I. Levine. On the other hand Pantsov and Levine also have a critical take on Mao--although not as unrestrained as Chang and Halliday. Both volumes speak to his marital infidelity and his ceaseless struggle to gain power.This book takes a chronological view of Mao, wit [...]

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