Mao: The Unknown Story
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 ...more
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,
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 ...more
Here's the thing: we already know that Mao was a dick! And if we somehow didn't, s ...more
Sometimes, I think Jung C ...more
Update: If you really are a glutton for punishment and want to read what I really thi ...more
“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 during the 1930’s and ...more
The book really picks up in the second half when things get considerably more interesting with the Russians and when, little by ...more
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 omitte ...more
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 ...more
- sitting on a pile of newspapers, some of which may have included a picture of Mao, was a *capital* offence. You'd never sit anywhere again if you survived the initial 'blast'.
- during the war, he decided that it wa ...more
Chang, who was born in China in 1952 and left for Britain in 1978, recounted her family's suffering under Mao in her award-winning Wild Swans (1991). With husband-historian Halliday, she has written a shocking, authoritative account of Mao's life. The authors present evidence that refutes almost every aspect of the Chinese Communist Party's account, from the claim that the Party fought the Japanese to Mao's role in the Long March. Having gleaned indicting information from newly available Chinese...more
This book takes a chronological view of Mao, wit ...more
Shocking, 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 ...more
this book presents an overblown and out of proportion account of a very evil man. Mao screwed up through most of his rule, leaving only one lasting positive achievement (united, warlord free China) after causing the death of so many innocents due to his increasing paranoia and screwups. At times, you learn something interesting and there are many rare gems most western readers wouldn't know about China's historical figures, most who weren't saints but practical men who had agendas to satisfy and ...more
On another level, th ...more
See also ユン チアン.