Mao Zedong (26 December 1893 - 9 September 1976) was a founder of the Chinese Communist Party and ultimately the People's Republic of China. Time Magazine placed him in their list of the "100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century" and he is widely regarded as one of the most significant figures in contemporary history.
Arthur Waldron is the Lauder Professor of International Relations in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His specialties are the history of China and Eurasia, and the history of war and violence. He is the author of The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth and From War to Nationalism: China's Turning Point, 1924-1925, as well as author, editor, or contributor to about twenty other books. Professor Waldron was educated at Harvard. Before coming to Penn he taught at Princeton and at the Naval War College.