Mao: The Man Who Made China
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Paru le : 18 Décembre 2016
Pages : 819
EAN 13 : 9781784534639
RésuméRevue de presse
'Beautifully written, grippingly readable ... A formidable piece of research' - Independent; 'Wonderfully readable ... He tells the story superbly ... It is an excellent account' - Guardian; 'Impressive and important' - Independent on Sunday; 'Philip Short's excellent Mao: A Life deserves to be the standard history. It is everything one could hope for: magisterial, beautifully written, excellently printed, and rich in material --- John Simpson, Sunday Telegraph
'Well researched, rich in detail, and beautifully written ... An illuminating and accessible portrait' --- Conor O'Clery, The Irish Times
'It will be a long time ... before there is a Chinese biography of Mao this is as complete and unflinching as ...Mr Short's. The scenes behind the key moments in Mao's life are vividly painted, in a way only a journalist well travelled in China could do.' --- Sunday Times
Présentation de l'éditeur
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.
Biographie de l'auteur
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).