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Mao Zedong

Author: Jonathan D Spence
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1999.
Series: Penguin lives series.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This intimate portrait of Mao Zedong, one of the most formidable and elusive rulers in modern history, introduces the essential background about the Chinese leader, including his relations with family, friends, and confidential assistants, as well as his youthful writings, poems, letters, and drafts of speeches. Drawing from his expertise in Chinese politics & culture, the author penetrates Mao's rhetoric & infamous  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Spence, Jonathan D.
Mao Zedong.
New York : Viking, 1999
(OCoLC)607400815
Named Person: Zedong Mao
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan D Spence
ISBN: 0670886696 9780670886692
OCLC Number: 41641238
Description: xiv, 188 p. : maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: Foreword --
Acknowledgments --
Child of Hunan --
Self-strengthening --
Casting around --
Into the party --
Workers and peasants --
Long retreat --
Crafting the image --
Taking over --
Ultimate vision --
Bleak harvest --
Fanning the flames --
Embers --
Notes.
Series Title: Penguin lives series.
Responsibility: Jonathan Spence.

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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  Read more...

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