The Unknown Story

Book - 2005
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Based on a decade of research and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before--and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him--this is the most authoritative life of Mao ever written. It is full of startling revelations, exploding the myth of the Long March, and showing a completely unknown Mao: he was not driven by idealism or ideology; his intricate relationship with Stalin went back to the 1920s, ultimately bringing him to power; he welcomed the Japanese occupation; and he schemed, poisoned and blackmailed to get his way. After he conquered China in 1949, his secret goal was to dominate the world. He caused the deaths of 38 million people in the greatest famine in history. In all, well over 70 million Chinese perished under Mao's rule--in peacetime. This entirely fresh look at Mao will astonish historians and the general reader alike.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Knopf,, 2005.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780679422716
Branch Call Number: 951.05092 M2969C
Characteristics: xiii, 814 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Halliday, Jon
Alternative Title: Unknown story


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Dec 07, 2019

**************************** 100 STARRED Review **********************
To refer to this achievement by scholar Jung Chang as incredible simply does not do it justice! I particularly like her method of presenting a string of facts, then rendering an opinion - - so unlike too many pseudo-non-fiction authors who pose their nonsensical opinions as factual, without any supporting facts!
I learned much from this book; and it was verifiable, so I staunchly support this scholar's outstanding work.
I was seriously taken aback by the section on Nixon, Kissinger and Mao - - I had completely missed the 2002 released meetings record between them and had no idea of the outrageous lies and distortions Kissinger had told about those meetings! Although I admit to despising Kissinger and Nixon, I had no idea how completely they gave up everything to Mao and the Chinese Communist Party [CCP] - - what a couple of sublime, anti-democracy devils!
Kissinger has publicly criticized former president, Jimmy Carter, for giving away so much to the CCP [and on this he was accurate], yet it was Kissinger and Nixon who began it all. I hereby award Nixon and Kissinger with the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Prize for Treason!
They're giving up Taiwan, South Korea and, of course, South Vietnam was incredible -- and it was the financial elites backing Kissinger who originally promoted the troop buildup and war during the LBJ Administration - - those masters of betrayal! Thank goodness Nixon was forced out of the White House during his second term when he promised all the aforementioned, otherwise history might have been radically different!
Beginning early on -- and throughout this book -- scholar Chang presents a number of profoundly insightful points and I was most struck by two of them: Mao enjoyed those freedoms his entire life which he stole from everyone else, and his constant and consistent destruction of Chinese culture. [And probably was the greatest mass murderer in history.]
Scholar Jung Chang's book, Mao, the Untold Story, is a masterful work by a master scholar!
God Bless the Noble Memory of Wang Zi-zheng, forever shall he reside in the Hall of Heroes

Aug 23, 2017

If you would like to know the truth, don't waste your time - this book is totally a biased hatchet job.

Jul 13, 2016

This book deals mainly with cataloguing the staggering death toll wrought by Mao as he rose to power.

Mar 08, 2015

A look at the life and times of Mao and his brutal hold on China and desire to rule the world. His life is not portrayed in any kind of respectful way. The authors are definitely attempting to show Mao in the worst possible light. Unfortunately though there is notes the annotations are not included in the text which makes it more difficult to verify statements as facts or the authors' vitriol. Worth reading none the less.

Liz806 Sep 30, 2014

Started reading this book and ended up skipping through it. Just too many details about horrible happenings.......also it jumped around in time from history to present day and all over making connections. I had to keep checking around in order to keep things straight. An interesting read that went on and on........

Jul 01, 2014

This book was prejudiced even backed by seemingly scholarly style citations and materials. She did a very hard job to make her judgement reasonable. Unfortunately, her account was basically contradict to both the achievements and great writings by Mao.

May 13, 2014

This tome chronicles the life of one of the 20th century’s most famous military and political movers. Mao came from obscurity to lead the revolution that enabled him to rule a quarter of humanity. Not strictly a biography of Mao, and the authors obviously not fans of Mao, they nevertheless take us through the complex moving jigsaw puzzle of people, places and events in China that enabled Mao to take and hold onto power in the world’s most populous country for the rest of his life.

Oct 09, 2011

available SHirley

Oct 20, 2008

hatchet job, but deserved


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