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andlt;Bandgt;This "comprehensive, judicious, and finely detailed" (Roderick MacFarquhar, andlt;Iandgt;The New York Review of Booksandlt;/Iandgt;) biography of Mao Zedong traces how he created a totalitarian government even more destructive and extreme than Stalin's, while transforming China from an impoverished nation to a leading world power. andlt;Iandgt;andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;pandgt;Drawing on revelatory Russian documents unavailable to previous biographers, andlt;Iandgt;Mao: The Real Storyandlt;/Iandgt; traces the ascension to power of one of the most important figures in the twentieth century. A complex individual who was both revolutionary and tyrant, poet and despot, Mao brought China from poverty and medieval backwardness into the modern age--but was responsible for a loss of life at least as great as that caused by Hitler and Stalin.andlt;BRandgt;

Alexander V. Pantsov and Steven I. Levine reveal Mao's ruthless consolidation of power as China unified under the communists, as well as the tragic failure of Mao's infamous Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution and the ways he ruthlessly tossed aside old comrades with whom he disagreed. This page-turner also presents startling information about the Great Helmsman's personal life: his deep depressions and manic highs, his many marriages and children, and his affairs with young women, even into his last years.

Perhaps the biggest news in this biography, called "definitive" by both Publishers Weekly and Booklist, is how Mao remained a loyal Stalinist throughout his life, taking orders from the Soviet leader until the dictator's death. Mao: The Real Story is a substantial and unparalleled contribution to our understanding of one of history's towering figures, a man whose crimes and achievements are at last coming to light.

Synopsis:

Mao Zedong was one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, the most important in the history of modern China. A complex figure, he was both a champion of the poor and a brutal tyrant, a poet and a despot. In this major new biography, the authors draw upon extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to reveal surprising details about Maoand#8217;s rise to power, his leadership in China, and the true nature of his relationship with Stalin.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Mao brought his country from poverty and economic backwardness into the modern age and onto the world stage. But he was also responsible for an unprecedented loss of life during the disastrous Great Leap Forward and the bloody Cultural Revolution. He lived and behaved as Chinaand#8217;s last emperor. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;I andgt;Maoandlt;/Iandgt; is the full story of Maoand#8217;s life and rule told as never before.

Synopsis:

This “comprehensive, judicious, and finely detailed” (Roderick MacFarquhar, The New York Review of Books) biography of Mao Zedong traces how he created a totalitarian government even more destructive and extreme than Stalin’s, while transforming China from an impoverished nation to a leading world power.

Drawing on revelatory Russian documents unavailable to previous biographers, Mao: The Real Story traces the ascension to power of one of the most important figures in the twentieth century. A complex individual who was both revolutionary and tyrant, poet and despot, Mao brought China from poverty and medieval backwardness into the modern age—but was responsible for a loss of life at least as great as that caused by Hitler and Stalin.

Alexander V. Pantsov and Steven I. Levine reveal Mao’s ruthless consolidation of power as China unified under the communists, as well as the tragic failure of Mao’s infamous Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution and the ways he ruthlessly tossed aside old comrades with whom he disagreed. This page-turner also presents startling information about the Great Helmsman’s personal life: his deep depressions and manic highs, his many marriages and children, and his affairs with young women, even into his last years.

Perhaps the biggest news in this biography, called “definitive” by both Publishers Weekly and Booklist, is how Mao remained a loyal Stalinist throughout his life, taking orders from the Soviet leader until the dictator’s death. Mao: The Real Story is a substantial and unparalleled contribution to our understanding of one of history’s towering figures, a man whose crimes and achievements are at last coming to light.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Alexander V. Pantsov andlt;/bandgt;is a professor of history and holds the Edward and Mary Catherine Gerhold Chair in the Humanities at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Born in Moscow, Pantsov graduated from Moscow State University Institute of Asian and African Studies in 1978. He has published more than ten books, among them andlt;iandgt;The Bolsheviks and the Chinese Revolution 1919-1927 andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Mao Zedongandlt;/iandgt;.andlt;bandgt;Steven I. Levineandlt;/bandgt; is research faculty associate in the department of history at the University of Montana. Levine has published extensively in the fields of modern Chinese politics and foreign policy as well as American-East Asian relations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451654486
Author:
Pantsov, Alexander V
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Pantsov, Alexander V.
Author:
Levine, Steven I.
Subject:
Biography-Political
Subject:
Political
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pp bandamp;w photos
Pages:
784
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in

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"Synopsis" by , Mao Zedong was one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, the most important in the history of modern China. A complex figure, he was both a champion of the poor and a brutal tyrant, a poet and a despot. In this major new biography, the authors draw upon extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to reveal surprising details about Maoand#8217;s rise to power, his leadership in China, and the true nature of his relationship with Stalin.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Mao brought his country from poverty and economic backwardness into the modern age and onto the world stage. But he was also responsible for an unprecedented loss of life during the disastrous Great Leap Forward and the bloody Cultural Revolution. He lived and behaved as Chinaand#8217;s last emperor. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;I andgt;Maoandlt;/Iandgt; is the full story of Maoand#8217;s life and rule told as never before.
"Synopsis" by , This “comprehensive, judicious, and finely detailed” (Roderick MacFarquhar, The New York Review of Books) biography of Mao Zedong traces how he created a totalitarian government even more destructive and extreme than Stalin’s, while transforming China from an impoverished nation to a leading world power.

Drawing on revelatory Russian documents unavailable to previous biographers, Mao: The Real Story traces the ascension to power of one of the most important figures in the twentieth century. A complex individual who was both revolutionary and tyrant, poet and despot, Mao brought China from poverty and medieval backwardness into the modern age—but was responsible for a loss of life at least as great as that caused by Hitler and Stalin.

Alexander V. Pantsov and Steven I. Levine reveal Mao’s ruthless consolidation of power as China unified under the communists, as well as the tragic failure of Mao’s infamous Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution and the ways he ruthlessly tossed aside old comrades with whom he disagreed. This page-turner also presents startling information about the Great Helmsman’s personal life: his deep depressions and manic highs, his many marriages and children, and his affairs with young women, even into his last years.

Perhaps the biggest news in this biography, called “definitive” by both Publishers Weekly and Booklist, is how Mao remained a loyal Stalinist throughout his life, taking orders from the Soviet leader until the dictator’s death. Mao: The Real Story is a substantial and unparalleled contribution to our understanding of one of history’s towering figures, a man whose crimes and achievements are at last coming to light.

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