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Mao Zedong

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 ?. 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

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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. 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

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“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


About the Author: Jonathan D. Spence

Jonathan D Spence is a historian specializing in Chinese history His self selected Chinese name is Shǐ Jǐngiān simplified Chinese 史景迁; traditional Chinese 史景遷 which roughly translates to A historian who admires Sima ianHe has been Sterling Professor of History at Yale University since 1993 His most famous book is The Search for Modern China which has become one of the standard texts



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 Likew

  2. says:

    A brief and not at all sensational account of Chairman Mao Meaning it does not address any of the sensational aspe

  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 par

  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

  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 shack

  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 discu

  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 und

  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 what

  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 co

  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

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