Mao Zedong: A Penguin Life

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An intimate portrait of Mao Zedong, one of the most formidable and elusive rulers in modern history. A leader in a long tradition of Chinese rulers who were able to wield extraordinary powers despite the inconsistencies of their policies, Mao's visions of social and economic change became hopelessly enmeshed with violence and fear. Through relentless energy and a ruthless self-confidence, Mao silenced criticism and immobilized millions of Chinese citizens who -- even when they wished to -- could find no way to halt his overpowering reign.Spence's depiction of Mao introduces the essential background that any reader needs to make sense of his life. Mao's relations with his family, friends, and confidential assistants, as well as his youthful writings, poems, letters, and drafts of speeches provide fascinating insight into the development of the man, and the sustaining power of his devastating rule.

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A renowned expert on Chinese history turns his considerable talent and experience to the life of China's greatest modern leader--the enigmatic, mythologized, often maligned, and still-revered architect of Chinese Communism and the modern Chinese state.

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