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Mao: The Real Story

Alexander V. Pantsov ; with Steven I. Levine
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012.
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Russian (translated from)
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Mao T͡Szėdun English
9781451654479 (hardcover), 1451654472 (hardcover), 9781451654493 (ebook), 1451654499 (ebook)
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This major new biography of Mao uses extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to biographers to reveal surprising details about Mao's rise to power and his leadership in China.
  • Myths and realities
  • The apprentice. The foster child of the Bodhisattva ; On the threshold of a new world ; "I think, therefore, I am" ; The sound of footsteps in a deserted valley ; Dreams of a red chamber ; The Great Union of the Popular Masses ; Breathing world revolution, or, The magic of dictatorship ; "Following the Russian path" ; The lessons of Bolshevik tactics
  • The revolutionary. Entering the Guomindang ; Hopes and disappointments ; Playing with Chiang Kai-shek ; The collapse of the United Front ; The path to the Soviets ; Red banner over the Jinggang Mountains ; A single spark can start a prairie fire ; Under the Comintern's wing ; Dog eat dog, Communist-style ; The long march ; The Xi'an Incident ; The flirtatious philosopher ; Consolidating control over the CCP ; Stalin, Mao, and the new democratic revolution in China
  • The dictator. Visit to the Red Mecca ; The Korean adventure ; The contradictions of new democracy ; Socialist industrialization ; The Great Turning Point ; The emancipation of consciousness ; The Great Leap Forward ; Famine and fear ; "The dismissal of Hai Rui from office" ; To rebel is justified ; The Red Guard Tragedy ; The mystery of Project 571 ; Death of the Red Emperor
  • Appendix 1. Mao Zedong's chronology
  • Appendix 2. Mao Zedong's genealogy.
xix, 755 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
  • Originally published in Russian: Moskva : Molodaia Gvardiia, 2007, under title Mao Tszedun.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [675]-713) and index.
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