"Ever since the spectacular success of Chang's "Wild Swans "we have waited impatiently for her to complete with her husband this monumental study of China's most notorious modern leader. The expectation has been that she would rewrite modern Chinese history. The wait has been worthwhile and the expectation justified. This is a bombshell of a book. ...
"Ever since the spectacular success of Chang's "Wild Swans "we have waited impatiently for her to complete with her husband this monumental study of China's most notorious modern leader. The expectation has been that she would rewrite modern Chinese history. The wait has been worthwhile and the expectation justified. This is a bombshell of a book." -Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong, in "The Times" (London) 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 research with the story-telling style of "Wild Swans," this biography offers a harrowing portrait of Mao's ruthless accumulation of power through the exercise of terror: his first victims were the peasants, then the intellectuals and, finally, the inner circle of his own advisors. 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 behavior toward 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. "From the Hardcover edition."
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New in new dust jacket. Mao-A história desconhecida é a mais sólida biografia de Mao Tse-tung já escrita, fruto de uma década de pesquisa em arquivos do mundo todo e centenas de entrevistas com amigos, colaboradores e conhecidos de Mao-boa parte dos quais nunca havia se pronunciado. O resultado do árduo trabalho de Jung Chang e de seu marido Jon Halliday é a demolição de diversos mitos. O livro ataca o heroísmo da Longa Marcha, discorre sobre a ajuda financeira e militar da União Soviética de Stálin para a criação e o fortalecimento do Partido Comunista chinês e desqualifica os relatos de que os rebeldes comunistas teriam enfrentado os japoneses na Segunda Guerra Mundial. Os autores mostram como Mao concentrou-se em expandir seu domínio durante quase três décadas, ainda que isso resultasse no sofrimento e na morte de dezenas de milhões de cidadãos. Para se perpetuar no poder, instituiu um clima de denúncias, perseguições e terror. Na intimidade, ele é descrito como um pai omisso, marido infiel e amigo pouco confiável. Mao foi um dos lançamentos mais esperados no mundo todo e causou grande impacto quando foi publicado, no Reino Unido, em 2005. "Poucos livros estão destinados a mudar a história, mas este mudará."-George Walden, Daily Mail "Uma bomba atômica."-Time "Esta biografia grandiosa demole sistematicamente cada pilar da simpatia e da legitimidade que Mao possuía."-The New York Times Book Review "Um êxito. Um retrato hipnotizante da tirania, da degeneração, do assassinato em massa e da promiscuidade, um bombardeio de revelações revisionistas e um trabalho de pesquisa sensacional."-Simon Sebag Montefiore, autor de Stálin
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