From humble origins in the provinces, Mao Zedong rose to absolute power, unifying with an iron fist a vast country torn apart by years of weak leadership, colonialism, and war. This sharply drawn and insightful account brings to life this modern-day emperor and the tumultuous era that he did so much to shape.
Jonathan Spence captures Mao in all his paradoxical grandeur and sheds light on the radical transformation he unleashed that still reverberates in China today.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.77(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.23(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsForeword
1. A Child of Hunan
3. Casting Around
4. Into the Party
5. Workers and Peasants
6. The Long Retreat
7. Crafting the Image
8. Taking Over
9. The Ultimate Vision
10. Bleak Harvest
11. Fanning the Flames
What People are Saying About This
Praise for Mao Zedong: A Life:
“Spence is the best known and most talented historian of China writing in English today. . . . His Mao Zedong succeeds.”
—Los Angeles Times
—The New Yorker
“The task of bringing Mao to a large, non-specialist audience is one for which Spence is eminently well-suited. His lucidly written, compellingly narrated explorations of modern Chinese history have attracted a readership unmatched by that of any other academic China specialist. His study of Mao is short . . . his writing tight, his judgments restrained.”
—The Washington Post
“An elegant account, at once sparse and robust.”
“Jonathan Spence [is] an eloquent chronicler of Chinese history. . . . [A] brisk, elegant book. . . . Spence skillfully uses Mao’s letters and poems to explore the Chinese leader’s thinking and relationships.”
“There is no better person to write a general, readable account of Mao than Spence, an acclaimed Chinese historian and author of several biographies.”
—Library Journal(starred review)
“Fluid and informative despite its brevity.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A rather slim book, Jonathan Spence offers a brief window into the world of Mao, one of the most influential people of the 20th Century. Sadly however, this brevity is this books greatest weakness. Names, places and events, especially events in the latter half of Mao's life, fly by quickly. Rather than a primer on Mao, this book serves more as a vague introduction, lacking detail on the few events that general readers might actually know about Mao.
Good to know. Mao's land reform and peasant rights efforts were extremely admirable and required much sacrifice and many hardships on his part. Unfortunately, as Chairman Mao, he was a selfish and tragic leader who was responsible for much suffering, as a result of his repressive and violent leadership.