Mao: A Biography

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Overview


“Terrill is a biographical genius. . . . His warts-and-all portrait of Mao is unrelentingly fascinating from beginning to end.”—Houston Chronicle
“Indispensable to understanding the inseparable relationship between Mao and events in China over the last century. What’s more, it’s fascinating reading.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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"Terrill is a biographical genius. . . . His warts-and-all portrait of Mao is unrelentingly fascinating from beginning to end."—Houston Chronicle

"Indispensable to understanding the inseparable relationship between Mao and events in China over the last century. What's more, it's fascinating reading."—Chicago Sun-Times

"An extraordinary achievement. . . . A brilliant narrative interpretation of the experiences, motivations, and major acts of China's greatest revolutionary."—John K. Fairbank

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Portrait of Mao's rise from a rebellious peasant to China's revered and ultimately outgrown leader. Oct.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804729215
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.20 (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 Madame Mao: The White-Boned Demon.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 13
1 Prologue 28
2 Childhood (1893-1910) 31
3 Knowledge for What? (1910-18) 45
4 Wider World in Peking and Shanghai (1918-21) 64
5 Organizing (1921-27) 86
6 Struggle (1927-35) 119
7 A Grip on the Future (1935-36) 149
8 Fighting Japan (1936-45) 167
9 The Sage (1936-45) 186
10 A Ripening Peach (1945-49) 203
11 "We Shall Put Aside the Things We Know Well" (1949-50) 226
12 Remolding (1951-53) 241
13 Building (1953-56) 254
14 Doubts (1956-57) 271
15 Tinkering with the System (1958-59) 291
16 Russia and Beyond (1958-64) 310
17 Retreat (1961-64) 322
18 The Furies of Utopia (1965-69) 337
19 A Tall Thing Is Easy to Break (1969-71) 367
20 Nixon (1972) 389
21 Fractured Vision (1973-75) 401
22 An Arrow Near the End of Its Flight (1976) 435
23 Epilogue 459
Postscript 469
Reference Notes 489
Bibliography 535
Index 553
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