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Mao: The Real Story
 
 
Author
Alexander V. Pantsov & Steven I. Levine.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
ISBN 9781451654479
Pages/Publication Date 755/2012
Daedalus Item Code 30633
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This major biography makes extensive use of previously unavailable Russian documents to reveal surprising details about Mao's rise to power and his leadership, in essence becoming China's last emperor. Two experts on 20th-century Chinese history—Russian-born Alexander Pantsov, author of The Bolsheviks and the Chinese Revolution 1919–1927 and Mao Zedong, and modern Chinese politics and foreign policy scholar Steven Levine—portray Mao's relentless drive to succeed and vividly describe his role in the nascent Communist Party of China. They disclose startling facts about his personal life, particularly regarding his health and his lifelong serial affairs with young women, and reveal Mao as the loyal Stalinist that he was, who only after Stalin's death began to play renewed relations with the United States against the Soviet Union.

"China scholars now will have to reassess every element of Mao's career.... More important than Pantsov and Levine's scholarly chops, however, is that they spin a balanced and utterly compelling story larded with telling and often newly uncovered anecdotes about Mao's family, wives, comrades, rivals, and victims. The common sense of the authors' judgments on Mao's crimes and achievements builds on their insights into Mao's complex personality (and, yes, sex life). One of the most important China books of recent years and a page-turner, too."—Library Journal (starred review)

 
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