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
Update: If you really are a glutton for punishment and want to read what I really thi...more
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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
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
The book really picks up in the second half when things get considerably more interesting with the Russians and when, little by...more
Approaching the end of this book, I thought Mao would mellow (with 75 pages left, supposedly this happens around the time he meets Nixon), and I became happy at the idea, but around page 500 I learned othe...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
Why only three stars? Well, I generally prefer biographies that are critical and I really respect authors who are unafraid to take a critical stance towards their subject. Having said that, this author really really really does not like Mao. I do not recall a single positive statement of any length that was appr...more
The Unknown Story is about China's previous communist leader Mao Zedong and the many events and calamities in which surrounded his leadership.
The Unknown Story is a very interesting and inspirational book and it describes from a first person point of view the views on Mao Zedong and his leadership from people across China, it descri...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 authors do not paint a pretty picture at all of Mao and his exploits. Is this fair depiction of him? Or is the story told completely slanted?
Either way, I came away with lots of information, a better understanding in what happened in China...more
As for the book it...more
The greatest puzzle historically remains how come the Chinese were not able to capitalize more on the amazing history of inventions and high culture which are woven throughout their long history, and that answer is likely to be closely related to the question why a sadistic, Macchiavellian...more
In the book, Mao comes across as a psychopathic schemer who will do anything to anyone to get where he needs to go. This includes killing anyone or anything in his way.
It's a good book but I would point out two things. Firstly it gets really depressing after a...more
Яахав, хааяа бидний мэддэггүй зүйл гардаг, гэхдээ тэр нь нээх олон биш. Энэ номонд яагаад ийм байсан гэхээс илүү Мао ямар муу, адгийн хүн байсныг ихэвчлэн харуулна. Муулахдаа баримтуудаа тосгоны хүн, Маод ажилж байсан хүн, Маог харж байсан хүн гэх мэт дам ярианаас ишлэн татсан байх жишээтэй. Нэрээ Мао муу хүн байсан байх, зүгээр арай хэтрүүлсэн юм шиг санагдсан. Зохиолч нь Маод ёстой дургүй байсан юм байна л гэж ойлгосон.
See also ユン チアン.