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Mao: The Real Story
 
 
Author
Alexander V. Pantsov & Steven I. Levine.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.15 x 1.8 inches
ISBN 9781451654486
Pages/Publication Date 755/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41457
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One of the most important figures of the 20th century—certainly the most important in the history of modern China—Mao Zedong was both a champion of the poor and a brutal tyrant, a poet and a despot. In this major biography, historians Alexander Pantsov and Steven Levine delve into an extensive and previously unavailable archive of Russian documents to reveal surprising details about Mao's rise to power, his leadership in China, and the true nature of his relationship with Stalin.

"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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