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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (278 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Spence Narrator: Alexander Adams Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Born in rural China in 1893, Mao Zedong led his country through a long-drawn-out adventure in upheaval. In the process he became one of the monumental figures of the 20th century. He died in 1976, just as China was entering detente with the U.S.

This excellent biography illuminates Mao's family life, his early years as a revolutionary, and his brief paradoxical flirtation with capitalism. Spence, the author of 11 books on Chinese history, provides both a panoramic portrait of China and a private portrait of the man at the center of so many historic events. Using sources not readily available, he penetrates the complex persona of Chairman Mao to provide an intimate portrait of a chilling enigma.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trei Brundrett | 2/20/2014

    " A handy, brief summary refresher on Mao. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pat | 2/17/2014

    " The size of this book is what is appealing. In a relatively short space, Spence manages to encapsulate the life of Mao. I know there are much more detailed biographies out there, but this is pretty objective while not leaving out some of the nastier things that Mao did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jamie | 1/25/2014

    " Brief little 170 page intro to the guy who modernized, terrorized and launched the largest nation on earth into it's present form. Even now that it's common knowledge that he killed and tortured millions of men, women and children you still see tourists waddling around in Mao t-shirts and in red star caps. Ick. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lyndsey | 1/12/2014

    " It was ok. A little unclear at times. It is a very brief overview of his life and ruling. It would be good to brush up on your Chinese history if you want to be able to follow it well. "

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