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Lute 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 tum I actually used an old audio tape while driving Shows you the kind of stuff I listen to A fair even handed biography Very thorough What a catastrophic failure Maoism was How does it happen? Part of it is losing touch with reality Part of it is a fear of being overthrown Part of it is believing so much in a philosophy that all discussion goes out the door He was willing to destroy all of the historical buildings in Beijing and would rather have had all smokestacks So he nixed a plan to have the greatest park system in the world for workers At least 20 million people died in the Great Leap Forward or Cultural Revolution Enough said

characters Å eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Jonathan D. Spence

Ultuous 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 ? swift read a bit of a decline into madness or just the general madness of one idea that's supposed to fix the world at whatever cost represented and certainly also pushed by one person famine and the destruction of countless lives seems to always go along with these grand schemes to make the world a better place makes me wonder how ppl would carry around the little red book and proclaim themselves Maoists Heads, Features and Faces (Dover Anatomy for Artists) on the radical transformation he unleashed that still reverberates in China today ? swift read a bit Evolve Level 4 Students Book of a decline into madness Professional Daily Fantasy Football or just the general madness Stories for Boys of Mountain City one idea that's supposed to fix the world at whatever cost represented and certainly also pushed by Untitled (The Trials of Apollo, one person famine and the destruction Extracted of countless lives seems to always go along with these grand schemes to make the world a better place makes me wonder how ppl would carry around the little red book and proclaim themselves Maoists

Jonathan D. Spence ☆ 8 review

“Spence draws upon his extensive knowledge of Chinese politics and culture to create an illuminating picture of Mao Superb” Chicago Tribune From humble origins in the provinces Mao Zedong rose to abso This is a good uick read for someone who interested in the way Mao created a public personality and clung to failing policies despite some evidence of his own doubt and criticism from others His journey from a child born in a peasant village who was uick to follow the winds of radical movements and read subversive newspapers as a youth to an isolated older man that imposed radical policies rooted in lofty aphorisms and who was paranoid of dissent from intellectuals and students much like himself when he was a youth I wish this book had gone into depth about how his conflict with chiang kai shek or the Chinese civil war I wondered while reading the book if Mao's experience with the several deaths of his children in their infancy and detachment from then influenced his apathy towards the suffering of the people for the sake of revolution On another note there was some amusing trivia such as his uote to Peng Dehuai if your not going to shit then get off the potWhat my father had told me about his life began to come together such as in in hundred blossoming flowers speech in 1957 which is when my father recalled Mao encouraging dissent with the dissenters promptly being punished for speaking out against Mao My father's cousin committed suicide after speaking out in this period My father called it luring the snake out of the hole


10 thoughts on “Mao Zedong

  1. says:

    This was no deep look into the trivial doings of Mao but rather a synopsis of his life I found it to be absolutely perfect for what it was The details all seemed to be on the same plane no sudden dips down into minutia unmatched elsewhere Likewise no skipping over the surface to cover great gulfs of time in only a few pages No doubt the end lacked depth but the author certainly made a good case for they why Mao's personal journey having been mostly completed and no events were happening to him instead of emanating from himIf someone wishes a uick summary just under 200 pages of a man that has defined a country for generations this is wonderful pick It does provide insight into the man along with giving an account of the history of his time Being someone who knew only as much as I could remember from my Asian history lessons out of mediocre text books I did not feel lost at all This is a well written concise book that does exactly what it sets out to


  2. says:

    A brief and not at all sensational account of Chairman Mao Meaning it does not address any of the sensational aspects of Mao's personality such as Mao's physician did or dwell on the disasters of the Cultural Revolution of of the Great Leap Forward or get into the whys and wherefores of Mao's manipulative relationship with Lin Biao Liu Shao i or Zhou Enlai Instead it is a straight up account of Mao's life and succeeds I think in communicating the essentials of these without getting into any detail about those other polemical issues I think it well worth reading in addition to any part of a very broad spectrum of books


  3. says:

    This is a good uick read for someone who interested in the way Mao created a public personality and clung to failing policies despite some evidence of his own doubt and criticism from others His journey from a child born in a peasant village who was uick to follow the winds of radical movements and read subversive newspapers as a youth to an isolated older man that imposed radical policies rooted in lofty aphorisms and who was paranoid of dissent from intellectuals and students much like himself when he was a youth I wish this book had gone into depth about how his conflict with chiang kai shek or the Chinese civil war I wondered while reading the book if Mao's experience with the several deaths of his children in their infancy and detachment from then influenced his apathy towards the suffering of the people for the sake of revolution On another note there was some amusing trivia such as his uote to Peng Dehuai if your not going to shit then get off the potWhat my father had told me about his life began to come together such as in in hundred blossoming flowers speech in 1957 which is when my father recalled Mao encouraging dissent with the dissenters promptly being punished for speaking out against Mao My father's cousin committed suicide after speaking out in this period My father called it luring the snake out of the hole


  4. says:

    The author doesn't wander himself into Mao’s ideological maze and his mysterious motives He doesn’t condemn or praises Mao’s political journey Amid authors whom demonize and over analyze psychologically to the point of conspiracy theories other world leaders this author just gives headlines Which sometimes were not certainly interesting and captivating for me He almost makes it seem that despite the huge state he lead he was a simple human being who lived in a cave onceHow many of us knew this fact before? Or that he never visited any other country except the Soviet Union? That he wrote romantic poems and was married to an actress among others? Or that he was convinced that his sleep followed lunar phases? These are definitely exotic facts But not satisfying enough for a student or any other engaged reader This book is a good start but it should be followed by research on maybe most importantly the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward


  5. says:

    History is not really my favorite subject but finally I finished read this one The brief biography of Mao Ze Dong tells the overview of his life and what happening in the China at that period The book provides detail about Mao’s earlier life Mao had struggle so often against the autocratic nature of his father hated and despised the shackles of bourgeois marriage and had found joy in a free love relationship detest schools and would rather go to the libraries to seek classical and historian reference and always sought freedom of spirit and the chance to grow The book also leading to the long years Mao took of war which emerged strengthened and numerous with powerfully effective techniues of mass mobilization in the rural settings and genuine skill at the manipulation of belief through well conceptualized propaganda


  6. says:

    I actually used an old audio tape while driving Shows you the kind of stuff I listen to A fair even handed biography Very thorough What a catastrophic failure Maoism was How does it happen? Part of it is losing touch with reality Part of it is a fear of being overthrown Part of it is believing so much in a philosophy that all discussion goes out the door He was willing to destroy all of the historical buildings in Beijing and would rather have had all smokestacks So he nixed a plan to have the greatest park system in the world for workers At least 20 million people died in the Great Leap Forward or Cultural Revolution Enough said


  7. says:

    This small book which tries to tell a story about one huge world leader really helps readers in a sense that you can understand a huge subject with fewer pages Of course it needs simplification and also selection in order to achieve this goal A layman about the subject I find the book helpful in my journey as readers As I get to understand the subject in a less painful way you need to sip through a few thick tomes to understand it as a whole I find Mao life story struggle family life as interesting strange and often paradoxical in many cases Born in 1893 at Hunan he moved from being a librarian to the chairman of communist China In the early life Spence collected the habit of Mao particularly his love for reading Early in Changsha Mao read rigorously in a library founded by late ing’s reformist He had a great interest in world geography and history One of this early teacher was Yang Changji Mao married to his daughter later in his life which reiterate the importance of exercise Mao absorbs this idea and would regularly go hiking with his friend and swim in the Xiang RiverMao also active in organizing student association to go on strike against Zhang Jingyao famously known as General Zhang a military governor in Hunan Mao also loves poetry one of his beautiful poem written to his wife Yang Kaihui in 1923 I’m begging you to sever these tangled ties of emotionI myself would like to be a rootless wandererAnd have nothing to do with lovers’ whispers


  8. says:

    swift read a bit of a decline into madness or just the general madness of one idea that's supposed to fix the world at whatever cost represented and certainly also pushed by one person famine and the destruction of countless lives seems to always go along with these grand schemes to make the world a better place makes me wonder how ppl would carry around the little red book and proclaim themselves Maoists


  9. says:

    For those looking for a short introduction into the life of Chairman Mao Zedong this is a perfect book Although it is true that others have gone in depth for a person who is just reading for a simple understanding of his life it gives the information that helps you understand the revolution leading to the current state of The People's Republic of China changing from their empire to their Nationalist Government to the communist government today Spence describes his life from his beginnings to today


  10. says:

    A very condensed biography I felt it covers the beginnings of Mao's political career uite well but it's rather concise on the Small Leap the Great Leap and the Cultural Revolution It also has no time to shed light on Mao's accompanying characters Overall very useful brief intro to Mao and substantial part of China's 20th century history


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