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The Unknown Story

by Jung Chang, Jon Halliday

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    Oct 2005, 832 pages
    Nov 2006, 864 pages

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An entirely fresh look at Mao in both content and approach. It will astonish historians and the general reader alike. Biography

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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