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Mao: The Unknown Story [Kindle Edition]

Jung Chang , Jon Halliday
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In the epilogue to her biography of Mao Tse-tung, Jung Chang and her husband and cowriter Jon Halliday lament that, "Today, Mao's portrait and his corpse still dominate Tiananmen Square in the heart of the Chinese capital." For Chang, author of Wild Swans, this fact is an affront, not just to history, but to decency. Mao: The Unknown Story does not contain a formal dedication, but it is clear that Chang is writing to honor the millions of Chinese who fell victim to Mao's drive for absolute power in his 50-plus-year struggle to dominate China and the 20th-century political landscape. From the outset, Chang and Halliday are determined to shatter the "myth" of Mao, and they succeed with the force, not just of moral outrage, but of facts. The result is a book, more indictment than portrait, that paints Mao as a brutal totalitarian, a thug, who unleashed Stalin-like purges of millions with relish and without compunction, all for his personal gain. Through the authors' unrelenting lens even his would-be heroism as the leader of the Long March and father of modern China is exposed as reckless opportunism, subjecting his charges to months of unnecessary hardship in order to maintain the upper hand over his rival, Chang Kuo-tao, an experienced military commander.

Using exhaustive research in archives all over the world, Chang and Halliday recast Mao's ascent to power and subsequent grip on China in the context of global events. Sino-Soviet relations, the strengths and weakness of Chiang Kai-shek, the Japanese invasion of China, World War II, the Korean War, the disastrous Great Leap Forward, the vicious Cultural Revolution, the Vietnam War, Nixon's visit, and the constant, unending purges all, understandably, provide the backdrop for Mao's unscrupulous but invincible political maneuverings and betrayals. No one escaped unharmed. Rivals, families, peasants, city dwellers, soldiers, and lifelong allies such as Chou En-lai were all sacrificed to Mao's ambition and paranoia. Appropriately, the authors' consciences are appalled. Their biggest fear is that Mao will escape the global condemnation and infamy he deserves. Their astonishing book will go a long way to ensure that the pendulum of history will adjust itself accordingly. --Silvana Tropea


10 Second Interview: A Few Words with Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

Q: From idea to finished book, how long did Mao: The Unknown Story take to research and write?
A: Over a decade.

Q: What was your writing process like? How did you two collaborate on this project?
A: The research shook itself out by language. Jung did all the Chinese-language research, and Jon did the other languages, of which Russian was the most important, as Mao had a long-term intimate relationship with Stalin. After our research trips around the world, we would work in our separate studies in London. We would then rendezvous at lunch to exchange discoveries.

Q: Do you have any thoughts about how the book is, or will be received in China? Did that play a part in your writing of the book?
A: The book is banned in China, because the current Communist regime is fiercely perpetuating the myth of Mao. Today Mao's portrait and his corpse still dominate Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, and the regime declares itself to be Mao's heir. The government blocked the distribution of an issue of The Far Eastern Economic Review, and told the magazine's owners, Dow Jones, that this was because that issue contained a review of our book. The regime also tore the review of our book out of The Economist magazine that was going to (very restricted) newsstands. We are not surprised that the book is banned. The regime's attitude had no influence on how we wrote the book. We hope many copies will find their way into China.

Q: What is the one thing you hope readers get from your book?
A: Mao was responsible for the deaths of well over 70 million Chinese in peacetime, and he was bent on dominating the world. As China is today emerging as an economic and military power, the world can never regard it as a benign force unless Beijing rejects Mao and all his legacies. We hope our book will help push China in this direction by telling the truth about Mao.

Breakdown of a BIG Book: 5 Things You'll Learn from Mao: The Unknown Story

1. Mao became a Communist at the age of 27 for purely pragmatic reasons: a job and income from the Russians.

2. Far from organizing the Long March in 1934, Mao was nearly left behind by his colleagues who could not stand him and had tried to oust him several times. The aim of the March was to link up with Russia to get arms. The Reds survived the March because Chiang Kai-shek let them, in a secret horse-trade for his son and heir, whom Stalin was holding hostage in Russia.

3. Mao grew opium on a large scale.

4. After he conquered China, Mao's over-riding goal was to become a superpower and dominate the world: "Control the Earth," as he put it.

5. Mao caused the greatest famine in history by exporting food to Russia to buy nuclear and arms industries: 38 million people were starved and slave-driven to death in 1958-61. Mao knew exactly what was happening, saying: "half of China may well have to die."




Amazon.com

In the epilogue to her biography of Mao Tse-tung, Jung Chang and her husband and cowriter Jon Halliday lament that, "Today, Mao's portrait and his corpse still dominate Tiananmen Square in the heart of the Chinese capital." For Chang, author of Wild Swans, this fact is an affront, not just to history, but to decency. Mao: The Unknown Story does not contain a formal dedication, but it is clear that Chang is writing to honor the millions of Chinese who fell victim to Mao's drive for absolute power in his 50-plus-year struggle to dominate China and the 20th-century political landscape. From the outset, Chang and Halliday are determined to shatter the "myth" of Mao, and they succeed with the force, not just of moral outrage, but of facts. The result is a book, more indictment than portrait, that paints Mao as a brutal totalitarian, a thug, who unleashed Stalin-like purges of millions with relish and without compunction, all for his personal gain. Through the authors' unrelenting lens even his would-be heroism as the leader of the Long March and father of modern China is exposed as reckless opportunism, subjecting his charges to months of unnecessary hardship in order to maintain the upper hand over his rival, Chang Kuo-tao, an experienced military commander.

Using exhaustive research in archives all over the world, Chang and Halliday recast Mao's ascent to power and subsequent grip on China in the context of global events. Sino-Soviet relations, the strengths and weakness of Chiang Kai-shek, the Japanese invasion of China, World War II, the Korean War, the disastrous Great Leap Forward, the vicious Cultural Revolution, the Vietnam War, Nixon's visit, and the constant, unending purges all, understandably, provide the backdrop for Mao's unscrupulous but invincible political maneuverings and betrayals. No one escaped unharmed. Rivals, families, peasants, city dwellers, soldiers, and lifelong allies such as Chou En-lai were all sacrificed to Mao's ambition and paranoia. Appropriately, the authors' consciences are appalled. Their biggest fear is that Mao will escape the global condemnation and infamy he deserves. Their astonishing book will go a long way to ensure that the pendulum of history will adjust itself accordingly. --Silvana Tropea


10 Second Interview: A Few Words with Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

Q: From idea to finished book, how long did Mao: The Unknown Story take to research and write?
A: Over a decade.

Q: What was your writing process like? How did you two collaborate on this project?
A: The research shook itself out by language. Jung did all the Chinese-language research, and Jon did the other languages, of which Russian was the most important, as Mao had a long-term intimate relationship with Stalin. After our research trips around the world, we would work in our separate studies in London. We would then rendezvous at lunch to exchange discoveries.

Q: Do you have any thoughts about how the book is, or will be received in China? Did that play a part in your writing of the book?
A: The book is banned in China, because the current Communist regime is fiercely perpetuating the myth of Mao. Today Mao's portrait and his corpse still dominate Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, and the regime declares itself to be Mao's heir. The government blocked the distribution of an issue of The Far Eastern Economic Review, and told the magazine's owners, Dow Jones, that this was because that issue contained a review of our book. The regime also tore the review of our book out of The Economist magazine that was going to (very restricted) newsstands. We are not surprised that the book is banned. The regime's attitude had no influence on how we wrote the book. We hope many copies will find their way into China.

Q: What is the one thing you hope readers get from your book?
A: Mao was responsible for the deaths of well over 70 million Chinese in peacetime, and he was bent on dominating the world. As China is today emerging as an economic and military power, the world can never regard it as a benign force unless Beijing rejects Mao and all his legacies. We hope our book will help push China in this direction by telling the truth about Mao.

Breakdown of a BIG Book: 5 Things You'll Learn from Mao: The Unknown Story

1. Mao became a Communist at the age of 27 for purely pragmatic reasons: a job and income from the Russians.

2. Far from organizing the Long March in 1934, Mao was nearly left behind by his colleagues who could not stand him and had tried to oust him several times. The aim of the March was to link up with Russia to get arms. The Reds survived the March because Chiang Kai-shek let them, in a secret horse-trade for his son and heir, whom Stalin was holding hostage in Russia.

3. Mao grew opium on a large scale.

4. After he conquered China, Mao's over-riding goal was to become a superpower and dominate the world: "Control the Earth," as he put it.

5. Mao caused the greatest famine in history by exporting food to Russia to buy nuclear and arms industries: 38 million people were starved and slave-driven to death in 1958-61. Mao knew exactly what was happening, saying: "half of China may well have to die."





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5.0 von 5 Sternen irritierend 24. Februar 2006
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Vor dem Lesen dieses Buches war mir nicht bewusst, wie sehr Mao zusammen mit Stalin und Hitler unter den Schlächtern des 20 Jahrhunderts einzuordnen ist. Das Buch zeichnet einen Mann, der von persönlichem Willen zur Macht zerfressen, bereit ist, alles zu opfern, um seinen Weg zu gehen, dem Ideologie, auch die kommunistische, fremd ist, bestenfalls ein Mittel, um den eigenen Macht- und Geltungstrieb zu befriedigen. Ich fragte mich während der Lektüre öfters, welche Geistesstörung dieser Mann denn gehabt hat.
Jung Chang stellt klar fest, dass Maos Linie sich bis in die heutige Chinesische Führungsriege fortsetzt und die Handlungen der dortigen Machthaber klar beeinflusst. Das ist, neben den Schilderungen abscheulicher Verbrechen, ob des wirtschaftlichen und politischen Aufstiegs Chinas wohl das irritierendste Fazit dieses Buches.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shocking truth 28. August 2005
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After having read the book, I see every day Chinese with different eyes. Hard to believe that one man, in unison with some cronies, could terrorize a whole country like this for decades. Hardly anyone, apart from Liu, dared to speak up.
The biography gave me an in-depth account of the Mao era and, to some extend, explanation for why contemporary Chinese biograhies read different from Westerners.
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Vor der Sicherheit gut recherchierter Fakten ist dieses Buch nicht neutral objektiv sondern parteiisch und fast schon einseitig. Dieses Buch gibt keine Chance,Positives im Maoistischen China zu sehen. Ich meine, genau das will das Buch erreichen, denn es ist geschrieben aus der Sicht eines Menschen,der unter Mao gelitten hat und das dem verklärten Bild im Westen die chinesische Sicht entgegenstellen möchte.

Es wird beschrieben, wie ein Volk und eine Kultur vor dem Hintergrund der rechtmäßigen und dringende notwendigen Befreiung zerstört und kaputt gemacht wurde. Für wen der Osten in den 70er Jahren in Moskau aufgehört hat und wer Mao nur als ferne Kultfigur kennt, der kann in diesem Buch Welten entdecken und Zusammenhänge erfahren, die unfaßbar sind!

Die knapp tausend Seiten sind (acuh auf Englisch!)unbedingt lesenswert.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen too little is known 24. Januar 2014
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I found this book while I was travelling in New Zealand. It took me two weeks to read it because I had to have breaks to get my mind away from the cruel truth described here. I vaguely remember having heard about Mao in my youth in eastern Germany because China was part of the so called communist countries but never had anything been said about what was really going on there. With all the references given I think you can't deny its content. It is really a shame that all this happened in the name of the people and equaliy. According to the facts given in the book it was not different from the methods used in Faschist Germany with all the propaganda and brainwash actions and violence. I hope many people read this book, and I understand that somebody, whose family has suffered, is determined to reveal everything although it is still almost impossible to understand how this system of fear and punishment can work for so long, a handfull against 600 million.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent 23. August 2013
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one of the best book on this horrible period! Can you imagine there are still people in the world fighting for such stupid AND criminal dictators! And don't forget their friends Stalin, Pol Pot, Castro, etc... Thanks a lot to these authors for debunking the myth!
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Mao shunned all constraints of responsibility and duty. People like me only have a duty to ourselves; we have no duty to other people. I am responsible only for the reality that I know, &quote;
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The idea of forming this Communist Party did not stem from the professor, nor from any other Chinese. It originated in Moscow. &quote;
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