Mao Zedong and the Chinese Revolution

Mao Zedong and the Chinese Revolution

by Corinne J. Naden
     
 

Mao Zedong was born in a tiny village in China's Hunan Province, and ended up one of the most significant political figures of the twentieth century. Starting his career earnestly as a librarian, Mao rose to the head of China's Communist Party, and eventually changed the course of his nation's history. See more details below

Overview

Mao Zedong was born in a tiny village in China's Hunan Province, and ended up one of the most significant political figures of the twentieth century. Starting his career earnestly as a librarian, Mao rose to the head of China's Communist Party, and eventually changed the course of his nation's history.

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Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
This book focuses on the life of Mao Zedong and his impact on China and the world. The text begins by carefully presenting in clear prose China's long and distinguished history. It explains in the simplest means possible the impact foreign powers had in shaping the world into which Mao was born. His family history is outlined as well as his education. This information in particular brings interesting insight into Mao's mind and one cannot help but be drawn in by Mao's early years. The book then moves on to focus on his participation in the Chinese Communist Party and the long years of struggle that followed as Mao made his bid for power. The text then carefully follows Mao as he creates the People's Republic of China and proceeds through to the horrors of the Cultural Revolution and his life until his death in 1976. One is often shaken by the story of Mao's rise to power and his control over an entire nation, but cannot help be fascinated as well. This book does a good job of chronicling the rise of the Communist leader. It would serve as a valid resource for the home or classroom. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

Several recent Mao biographies overshadow this one. Naden's account lacks balance and clarity, occasionally distorting the record (e.g., blaming Qing for "sparking the Opium War," and the dynasty's decline on anti-opium-trade efforts, ignoring the roles of Empress "Tz'u-his" [Cixi] and the West). Yuan's dictatorship lasted four years, not "more than a decade." The text includes idiosyncratic, unsourced death figures for landowners and Korean War troops. Key details, like Chiang's deadly dike destruction, are missing, while pointless redundancies ("Mao's [family] did not go...with him. Instead, they stayed behind") are included. Essential differences between Nationalists and Communists go unexplained; Chiang's failure is made to seem purely military. Most maps are too small and uncaptioned, the time line thin. There are also multiple errors of diction and grammar. Choose Ann Malaspina's The Chinese Revolution and Mao Zedong in World History (Enslow, 2004) or Kathlyn Gay's Mao Zedong's China (21st Century Bks., 2007) instead.-Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599351001
Publisher:
Morgan Reynolds Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Morgan Reynolds World Leaders Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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