"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 ...