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Mao

The Real Story
Pantsov, Alexander (Book - 2012 )
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This major new biography of Mao uses extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to biographers to reveal surprising details about Mao's rise to power and his leadership in China.
Authors: Pantsov, Alexander, 1955-
Uniform Title: Mao T͡Szėdun. English
Title: Mao
the real story
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Characteristics: xix, 755 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.
Notes: Originally published in Russian: Moskva : Molodaia Gvardiia, 2007, under title Mao Tszedun.
Contents: Myths and realities
The apprentice. The foster child of the Bodhisattva ; On the threshold of a new world ; "I think, therefore, I am" ; The sound of footsteps in a deserted valley ; Dreams of a red chamber ; The Great Union of the Popular Masses ; Breathing world revolution, or, The magic of dictatorship ; "Following the Russian path" ; The lessons of Bolshevik tactics
The revolutionary. Entering the Guomindang ; Hopes and disappointments ; Playing with Chiang Kai-shek ; The collapse of the United Front ; The path to the Soviets ; Red banner over the Jinggang Mountains ; A single spark can start a prairie fire ; Under the Comintern's wing ; Dog eat dog, Communist-style ; The long march ; The Xi'an Incident ; The flirtatious philosopher ; Consolidating control over the CCP ; Stalin, Mao, and the new democratic revolution in China
The dictator. Visit to the Red Mecca ; The Korean adventure ; The contradictions of new democracy ; Socialist industrialization ; The Great Turning Point ; The emancipation of consciousness ; The Great Leap Forward ; Famine and fear ; "The dismissal of Hai Rui from office" ; To rebel is justified ; The Red Guard Tragedy ; The mystery of Project 571 ; Death of the Red Emperor
Appendix 1. Mao Zedong's chronology
Appendix 2. Mao Zedong's genealogy.
Summary: This major new biography of Mao uses extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to biographers to reveal surprising details about Mao's rise to power and his leadership in China.
Local Note: 1 15 27 53 109 118 133 138 148 151 152 172 182 210 211 216 222 243 244 250
Additional Contributors: Levine, Steven I.
ISBN: 9781451654479
1451654472
Statement of Responsibility: Alexander V. Pantsov ; with Steven I. Levine
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976. Heads of state China Biography. China Politics and government 1949-1976.
Topical Term: Heads of state
LCCN: 2011053113
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"Mao Zedong, a major revolutionary leader in 1920s China and Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party from 1949 until his death in 1976, was an ambitious, inspired, creative, and flawed human being. The details of Mao's character, achievements, and failures emerge in this arresting biography, thanks in part to the availability of documents that were previously unavailable to Western biographers. Russian historian Alexander Pantsov and China specialist Steven Levine reveal the highs and lows of Mao's career along with his disorderly life - including accounts of his family, other personal relationships, and political rivalries." Biography and Memoir December 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=581155

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