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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: January 2005 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/9/2014

    " Excellent short overview of his life by a recognized authority on China. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Worden | 1/1/2014

    " This isn't a difficult read and it was a very good synopsis on how Mao Zedong really had good intentions for China. Yet he became so drunk with power that it took over him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Gould | 12/9/2013

    " Found this a brief and easily understandable biography of the warped Chinese leader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 9/11/2013

    " This book provides too general an overview of Mao's life. Although it is a concise novel for anyone wanting a quick, shallow grasp on his life, which is not always a bad thing. At points it is poorly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 8/28/2013

    " One of the best of the Penguin Lives, and the book that introduced to the superb historian on China, Jonathan Spence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 5/23/2013

    " Short and sweet. Offers more insight into China and the Communist Revolution than Mao himself, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 10/9/2012

    " This book aims to be a pithy summary of a towering 20th century figure, and succeeds. I admit coming to it from a position of extreme ignorance, but I felt Spence very skilfully wove together the public and private lives of Mao in his Chinese political and historical context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk Bower | 6/17/2012

    " I believe Spence is one of the best authors on Asian culture, history, and politics. This book gives you a taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Belanger | 7/19/2011

    " Mao is a brief bio of China's most noted Communist. Anyone interest in post WWII Asian history would like this book. The book traces Mao's rise in the Communist party & China's own Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 4/18/2011

    " Mostly just facts. No human interest. No romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/5/2011

    " Some interesting information about Mao's young life and what influenced him, but a little more party politics than I needed, and not nearly enough into what made Mao a known figure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Budd | 1/19/2011

    " Well written; provided a concise biography which was an incentive to continue my research on China. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/31/2010

    " Short and sweet. Offers more insight into China and the Communist Revolution than Mao himself, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 5/20/2010

    " CHAIKU #3:

    Mao was one evil
    son of a bitch; why is he
    still on my money? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 4/12/2010

    " 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 Bob | 12/22/2007

    " Mao is a brief bio of China's most noted Communist. Anyone interest in post WWII Asian history would like this book. The book traces Mao's rise in the Communist party & China's own Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 11/20/2007

    " Mostly just facts. No human interest. No romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 7/21/2007

    " One of the best of the Penguin Lives, and the book that introduced to the superb historian on China, Jonathan Spence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 5/16/2007

    " This book provides too general an overview of Mao's life. Although it is a concise novel for anyone wanting a quick, shallow grasp on his life, which is not always a bad thing. At points it is poorly written. "

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