Synopses & Reviews
Mr. Feigon argues that the movements for which Mao is almost universally condemned today--the Great Leap Forward and especially the Cultural Revolution--were in many ways beneficial for the Chinese people. While not glossing over Mao's mistakes, he contends that the Chinese leader should be largely praised for many of his later efforts. In reevaluating Mao's contributions, this interpretive study reverses the curve of criticism. Feigon performs a service by reclaiming the historical context of Mao's crazed era. He has written a concise work that forces the reader to recall the circumstances that abetted Mao's reign. --Far Eastern Economic Review
This book reverses the recent curve of criticism of Mao Tse-tung, seeing Mao's late-in-life contributions to the Chinese revolution more favorably while taking a more critical view of his earlier efforts.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-217) and index.