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Mao

The Unknown Story

by Jung Chang, Jon Halliday

Mao
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    Oct 2005, 832 pages
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    Nov 2006, 864 pages

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Jung Chang was born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. She was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen and then worked as a peasant, a "barefoot doctor," (A lay health care worker who received 3-6 months training in basic medical principles), a steelworker, and an electrician before becoming an English-language student and, later, an assistant lecturer at Sichuan University.

She left China for Britain in 1978 and was subsequently awarded a scholarship by York University, where she obtained a Ph.D. in linguistics in 1982, the first person from the People's Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university.

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