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Mao: A Biography


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Introduction; 1. Prologue; 2. Childhood (1893-1910); 3. Knowlege for what? (1910-18); 4. Wider world in Peking and Shanghai (1918-21); 5. Organizing (1921-27); 6. Struggle (1927-35); 7. A grip on the future (1935-36); 8. Fighting Japan (1936-45); 9. The sage (1936-45); 10. A ripening peach (1945-49); 11. 'We shall put aside the things we know well' (1949-50); 12. Remolding (1951-53); 13. Building (1953-56); 14. Doubts (1956-57); 15. Tinkering with the system (1958-59); 16. Russia and beyond (1958-64); 17. Retreat (1961-64); 18. The furies of utopia (1965-69); 19. A tall thing is easy to break (1969-71); 20. Nixon (1972); 21. Fractured vision (1973-75); 22. An arrow near the end of its flight (1976); 23. Epilogue; Reference notes; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Ross Terrill is a Research Associate at Harvard University's East Asian Research Center. He is the author of several books on China, including Madame Mao: The White-Boned Demon.


Portrait of Mao's rise from a rebellious peasant to China's revered and ultimately outgrown leader. (Oct.)

"Terrill is a biographical genius... His warts-and-all portrait of Mao is unrelentingly fascinating from beginning to end." - Houston Chronicle "Indispensable to understanding the inseparable relationship between Mao and events in China over the last century. What's more, it's fascinating reading." - Chicago Sun-Times "An extraordinary achievement... A brilliant narrative interpretation of the experiences, motivations, and major acts of China's greatest revolutionary." - John K. Fairbank

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