From the book jacket:
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 intimate and intricate relationship with
Stalin went back to the 1920s, ultimately
bringing him to power; he welcomed Japanese
occupation of much of China; and he schemed,
poisoned and blackmailed to get his way.
After Mao conquered China in 1949, his ...
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