Mao: A Biography

Mao: A Biography

by Ross Terrill, Terrill Ross
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804729212

ISBN-13: 9780804729215

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: Stanford University Press


Everyone who came in close contact with Mao was taken aback at the anarchy of his personal ways. He ate idiosyncratically. He became increasingly sexually promiscuous as he aged. He would stay up much of the night, sleep during much of the day, and at times he would postpone sleep, remaining awake for thirty-six hours or more, until tension and exhaustion overcame…  See more details below

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Everyone who came in close contact with Mao was taken aback at the anarchy of his personal ways. He ate idiosyncratically. He became increasingly sexually promiscuous as he aged. He would stay up much of the night, sleep during much of the day, and at times he would postpone sleep, remaining awake for thirty-six hours or more, until tension and exhaustion overcame him.

Yet many people who met Mao came away deeply impressed by his intellectual reach, originality, style of power-within-simplicity, kindness toward low-level staff members, and the aura of respect that surrounded him at the top of Chinese politics. It would seem difficult to reconcile these two disparate views of Mao. But in a fundamental sense there was no brick wall between Mao the person and Mao the leader. This biography attempts to provide a comprehensive account of this powerful and polarizing historical figure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804729215
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction13
1Prologue28
2Childhood (1893-1910)31
3Knowledge for What? (1910-18)45
4Wider World in Peking and Shanghai (1918-21)64
5Organizing (1921-27)86
6Struggle (1927-35)119
7A Grip on the Future (1935-36)149
8Fighting Japan (1936-45)167
9The Sage (1936-45)186
10A Ripening Peach (1945-49)203
11"We Shall Put Aside the Things We Know Well" (1949-50)226
12Remolding (1951-53)241
13Building (1953-56)254
14Doubts (1956-57)271
15Tinkering with the System (1958-59)291
16Russia and Beyond (1958-64)310
17Retreat (1961-64)322
18The Furies of Utopia (1965-69)337
19A Tall Thing Is Easy to Break (1969-71)367
20Nixon (1972)389
21Fractured Vision (1973-75)401
22An Arrow Near the End of Its Flight (1976)435
23Epilogue459
Postscript469
Reference Notes489
Bibliography535
Index553

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