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The Chairman's New Clothes: Mao and the Cultural Revolution

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Paru pour la première fois aux Éditions Champ Libre en 1971, Les Habits neufs du Président Mao est un ouvrage remarquablement documenté qui, par la rigueur de son approche critique, constitue incontestablement une référence dans l’étude de l’histoire contemporaine. Si les quatre décennies qui ont suivi la publication de ce livre ont permis aux historiens de découvrir des s ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published March 1st 1978 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 1971)
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Philippe Malzieu
It was a time when french intelectuals venerated Mao. They made the trip to Beijing where chinese government presented a reality of Potemkine village to them. Barthes, Sollers, Kristeva, Wahl…
Mao, the greatest tyrant of the XX°, million of deaths (60 ? more?)
And then there was a lucid observer. great expert of China, he denounced the blindness of the intellectuals. A violent hatred campaign broke out against him. Simon Leys said the truth.
I read again this book after the publication of "septième
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Vasil Kolev
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics
The book is a great explanation of what the "Cultural revolution" was - a simple power struggle, Mao's attempt to get back control - and explains very well the workings and inner struggles of the Chinese totalitarian regime. It might get tedious at times, but is a very good insight for the period described.

(I actually found him mentioned in Amelie Nothomb's books and tend to agree with her that he's a very good writer and historian)
Yves Panis
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livre essentiel pour comprendre la réalité de la Révolution Culturelle. Ce livre a fait beaucoup de mal aux "maoïstes de salon" plus enclin à faire la révolution à Saint-Germain-des-Prés qu'à Pékin....
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Simon Leys is the pen-name of Pierre Ryckmans, who was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970. He taught Chinese literature at the Australian National University and was Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 to 1993. He died in Sydney in 2014.

Writing in three languages - French, Chinese and English - he played an important political role in revealing the true
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“Mao has never accepted the failure of the "Great Leap". As one of the texts reproduced below demonstrates, he would have preferred to see China perish from famine rather than readjust his own vision or recognize his mistakes.” 1 likes
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