Madame Mao: The White-Boned Demon

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This is the most complete and authoritative account of the childhood and tumultuous life of Jiang Qing, from her early years as an aspiring actress to her marriage and partnership with Mao Zedong, the controversial years of power after Mao's death, her final years of disgrace and imprisonment, and her suicide in 1991.

The amazing life story of Jiang Qing, the often cruel revolutionary who married China's Communist party leader, Mao Zedong. Madame Mao tells the ...

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Overview

This is the most complete and authoritative account of the childhood and tumultuous life of Jiang Qing, from her early years as an aspiring actress to her marriage and partnership with Mao Zedong, the controversial years of power after Mao's death, her final years of disgrace and imprisonment, and her suicide in 1991.

The amazing life story of Jiang Qing, the often cruel revolutionary who married China's Communist party leader, Mao Zedong. Madame Mao tells the riveting story of her rise to power and shows how some of the most brutal acts of the Cultural Revolution were instigated by the caprices of this one powerful woman. 16 pages of photographs.

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"A fascinating portrait. . . . Wildly successful in his global search for new sources . . . Terrill has produced the most complete biography that in all likelihood will ever be published on the fatally flawed yet fascinating Madame Mao."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"A magnificent display of investigative reporting, research, and reconstruction. . . . It throws much light on the madness of China's Cultural Revolution. . . . Remarkable pictures of life in Mao's 'inner court' during his declining years."—New York Newsday

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804729222
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,211,601
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Terrill is a Research Associate at Harvard University's East Asian Research Center. He is the author of several books on China, including Mao: A Biography.

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Table of Contents

1 Prologue: "I Was Mao's Dog" 7
2 Growing Up, Reaching Out (1914-33) 14
3 Onstage in Shanghai (1933-37) 39
4 Mao's Housewife in Yanan (1938-49) 107
5 Letdown (1950s) 162
6 Recovery and Revenge: Politics as Theater (1960s) 213
7 Bid to Be Empress (1970s) 265
8 "Shut Up, Jiang Qing" 330
Postscript 360
Abbreviations in Notes 365
Reference Notes 368
Index 407
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