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Mao : the unknown story
Chang, Jung, 1952-
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First Anchor Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Anchor Books, [2006]

Physical Description:
xi, 801 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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--this is the most authoritative life of Mao ever written. 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 intricate relationship with Stalin went back to the 1920s, ultimately bringing him to power; he welcomed the Japanese occupation; and he schemed, poisoned and blackmailed to get his way. After he conquered China in 1949, his secret goal was to dominate the world. 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. --p. [4] of cover.
General Note:
"Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, London, in 2005, and in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, ... New York, in 2005"--T.p. verso.
pt 1. Lukewarm believer -- pt 2. Long march to supremacy in the party -- pt 3. Building his power base -- pt 4. To conquer China -- pt 5. Chasing a superpower dream -- pt 6. Unsweet revenge.
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