Mao The Unknown Story

Author : Jon Halliday
ISBN : 9781448156863
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Jung Chang's Wild Swans was an extraordinary bestseller throughout the world, selling more than 10 million copies and reaching a wider readership than any other book about China. Now she and her husband Jon Halliday have written a groundbreaking biography of Mao Tse-tung. 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 secret goal was to dominate the world. In chasing this dream 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. Combining meticulous history with the story-telling style of Wild Swans, this biography makes immediate Mao's roller-coaster life, as he intrigued and fought every step of the way to force through his unpopular decisions. The reader enters the shadowy chambers of Mao's court, and eavesdrops on the drama in its hidden recesses. Mao's character and the enormity of his behaviour towards his wives, mistresses and children are unveiled for the first time. This is an entirely fresh look at Mao in both content and approach. It will astonish historians and the general reader alike.
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Was Mao Really A Monster

Author : Gregor Benton
ISBN : 9781134006618
Genre : History
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Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday was published in 2005 to a great fanfare. The book portrays Mao as a monster – equal to or worse than Hitler and Stalin – and a fool who won power by native cunning and ruled by terror. It received a rapturous welcome from reviewers in the popular press and rocketed to the top of the worldwide bestseller list. Few works on China by writers in the West have achieved its impact. Reviews by serious China scholars, however, tended to take a different view. Most were sharply critical, questioning its authority and the authors’ methods , arguing that Chang and Halliday’s book is not a work of balanced scholarship, as it purports to be, but a highly selective and even polemical study that sets out to demonise Mao. This book brings together sixteen reviews of Mao: The Unknown Story – all by internationally well-regarded specialists in modern Chinese history, and published in relatively specialised scholarly journals. Taken together they demonstrate that Chang and Halliday’s portrayal of Mao is in many places woefully inaccurate. While agreeing that Mao had many faults and was responsible for some disastrous policies, they conclude that a more balanced picture is needed.
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Mao

Author : Jesse Russell
ISBN : 5512750151
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Mao: The Unknown Story is a 2005 biography of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong (1893-1976) written by the husband and wife team of writer Jung Chang and historian Jon Halliday, and depicts Mao as being responsible for more deaths in peacetime than Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin.
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Mao

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Mao

Author : Jung Chang
ISBN : 9788430618576
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La biografía definitiva de Mao Zedong. Jung Chang y el historiador Jon Halliday, su marido, han escrito una biografía de Mao realmente sobrecogedora. Basada en diez años de investigación y en las entrevistas realizadas a muchas de las figuras que se movieron en los círculos más cercanos a Mao -y que hasta ahora no habían hablado- y con casi todo aquel que, fuera de China, mantuvo alguna relación significativa con el líder chino, ésta es la biografía de Mao más seria y acreditada que se ha escrito. Después de conquistar China, a partir de 1949 Mao tuvo el secreto objetivo de dominar el mundo. En la persecución de esta fantasía causó la muerte de 38 millones de personas en la mayor hambruna de la historia. En conjunto, bajo el gobierno de Mao perecieron, en tiempos de paz, más de 70 millones de seres humanos. La autora nos lleva a las sombrías estancias de su corte y nos deja observar el drama hasta en los rincones más recónditos. La personalidad de Mao y su relación con sus esposas, hijos y amantes salen a la luz por primera vez. Reseñas: «Pocos libros están destinados a cambiar la historia, pero este lo hará.» George Walden, Daily Mail «Jung Chang y Jon Halliday entran en una crítica salvaje que, basándose en numerosísimas fuentes -incluidas las soviéticas-, acabarán por barrer las miasmas de engaño e ignorancia que todavía envuelven la vida de Mao a los ojos de muchos ciudadanos occidentales.» Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph «Una obra magistral. Esta magnífica biografía destruye metódicamente cada pilar de las reivindicaciones de Mao. Un logro.» Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times Book Review «Un triunfo. Un asombroso retrato de la tiranía, la degeneración, los asesinatos en masa y la promiscuidad, una batería de bombas para el revisionismo histórico y una soberbia pieza de investigación. La primera biografía privada y política del mayor monstruo de los monstruos.» Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Sunday Times «Lo que Chang y Halliday han hecho es inmenso y sobrepasa, dentro del ámbito de las biografías, todo lo que se había hecho anteriormente.» Jonathan Mirsky, The Independent «Chang y Halliday arrojan una luz nueva y reveladora sobre cada uno de los episodios de la tumultuosa vida de Mao. Un libro estupendo.» Michael Yahuda, The Guardian «Este libro es una bomba atómica.» Donald Morrison, TIME «Una obra que pone de manifiesto que comunismo y destrucción son sinónimos, pese a la admiración que la mencionada ideología recibió y sigue recibiendo desde determinadas instancias académicas y culturales.» Alfredo Crespo, El imparcial
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Mao The Unknown Story

Author : Jung and HALLIDAY CHANG (Jon)
ISBN : OCLC:960010682
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Mao

Author : Jung Chang
ISBN : 9783641148430
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Mythos und Massenmörder – die Wahrheit über Mao Tse-tung Es war nicht das Wohl seines Volkes, das Mao Tse-tung, dem Großen Vorsitzenden der Volksrepublik China, am Herzen lag. Es war auch nicht die kommunistische Ideologie, obwohl er ihren weltweiten Sieg anstrebte. Das Motiv von Maos Handeln war ausschließlich und zu jeder Zeit sein absoluter Wille zur Macht. Ob auf persönlicher, auf nationaler, auf internationaler Ebene – sein Machthunger war grenzenlos. Mao Tse-tung hat nicht alle, aber viele seiner Ziele erreicht, und China hat teuer dafür bezahlt: mit dem Leben von 70 Millionen Menschen. Kein Buch über China hat je mehr Leser und Anhänger gefunden als Jung Changs Erinnerungsbuch WILDE SCHWÄNE, das in 30 Sprachen übersetzt und zehn Millionen Mal verkauft wurde. Jetzt erscheint ihr lang erwartetes neues Werk – eine bahnbrechende Biographie über Mao Tse-tung, den Mann, dem es gelang, sich auf vielfach gewundenen Pfaden zum Alleinherrscher über Hunderte Millionen Menschen aufzuschwingen. Jung Chang hat die letzten zwölf Jahre damit verbracht, allen Spuren dieses Menschen nachzugehen, der zu den einflussreichsten politischen Gestalten des 20. Jahrhunderts gehörte, dessen Aura Staatsmänner in aller Welt beeindruckte, und dessen Gedanken und Worte in millionenfacher Verbreitung in zahllosen Ländern auf Begeisterung stießen. Doch der Mann, den sie in ihrem Buch für den Leser lebendig werden lässt, weist ganz andere Züge auf – es sind sehr viel hässlichere. Die jahrelangen Recherchen in allen relevanten Archiven und die zahllosen Gespräche mit Zeitzeugen – mit Politikern in Ost und West, die mit Mao in Berührung gekommen waren, mit unbekannten chinesischen Betroffenen, mit Führungsfiguren aus Maos engsten Zirkeln, die sich nie zuvor geäußert hatten – haben die Autorin in die Lage versetzt, endlich und zum ersten Mal ein wahrheitsgetreues, ein realistisches Bild jener Epoche aufzuzeigen, kein von kommunistischen oder persönlichen Machtinteressen gefärbtes und verbrämtes. Und so gelingt es ihr, die Wahrheit hinter zahlreichen, von den Kommunisten gehegten und gepflegten Mythen ans Licht zu bringen und viele, teils von Mao vorsätzlich und gekonnt verbreitete Falschdarstellungen zu entlarven.
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Author : Jung Chang
ISBN : 9627934194
Genre : History
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Chinese edition of Mao: The Unknown Story. The authors' exhaustive research reveals the true face of Mao in this highly recommended book. This global bestseller is banned in China as it still holds Mao in esteem. In Traditional Chinese. Annotation copyright Tsai Fong Books, Inc. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
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Wild Swans

Author : Jung Chang
ISBN : 9781439106495
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author. An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.
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