Mao: The Man Who Made China (Paperback)

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In 1917, Mao got a job as a librarian's assistant at Peking University. Thirty six years later he would be fully in control of the most populated country.

The author, Philip Short, notes that a climate of terror emerged where children would inform on their parents and employees would denounce their bosses.

Despite the countless horrors that Mao committed, one fact always makes me smile; Mao was staunchly against toilets and preferred to do his business outside.

— From Biographies


One of the great figures of the twentieth century, Chairman Mao looms irrepressibly over the economic rise of China. Mao Zedong was the leader of a revolution, a communist who lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty, an aggressive and distrustful leader, and a man responsible for more civilian deaths than perhaps any other historical figure. Now, four decades after Mao's death, acclaimed biographer Philip Short presents a fully updated and revised edition of his ground-breaking and masterly biography. Vivid, uncompromising and unflinching, Short presents in one-volume the man behind the propaganda--his family, his beliefs and his horrors. In doing so he shows us both the human being Mao was, and the monster he became.

About the Author

Philip Short was for thirty years a foreign correspondent for the BBC, based in Washington, Moscow, Paris, Tokyo and Beijing. He lived and worked in China for two decades in the 1970s and 1980s, and has returned regularly to the country ever since. He is the author of acclaimed biographies of Mitterrand (A Study in Ambiguity, Random House, 2013) and Pol Pot (Anatomy of a Nightmare, Henry Holt, 2006).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781784534639
ISBN-10: 1784534633
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company
Publication Date: March 18th, 2017
Pages: 864
Language: English