Li Zhisui

Beijng, China
February 13, 1995


Chinese physician who was the personal physician & confidant of Chairman Mao Zedong. Li received his medical degree from the West Union University Medical School in Sichuan province in 1945 & five years later was named director of the private medical facility that treated China’s top leaders. Beginning in 1954, when Mao chose Li as his personal physician, the two men began to develop a close relationship that lasted until Mao’s death in 1976. During those years, Li compiled a series of diaries. Following Mao’s death, Li held several medical posts before joining his two sons in the USA in 1988. Li’s biography of Mao honored the memory of his late wife, who had urged her husband to share his knowledge with the rest of the world. Relying partl ...more

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“I want it to serve as a reminder of the terrible human consequences of Mao’s dictatorship and of how good and talented people living under his regime were forced to violate their consciences and sacrifice their ideals in order to survive.”
Li Zhisui, The Private Life of Chairman Mao

“Kaysone Phoumvihan”
Li Zhisui, The Private Life of Chairman Mao

“he would dare to transform China and make it great. He would build his own Great Walls.”
Li Zhisui, The Private Life of Chairman Mao

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