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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ji Chaozhu Narrator: Norman Diet Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No other narrative from within the corridors of power has offered as frank and intimate an account of the making of the modern Chinese nation as Ji Chaozhu’s The Man on Mao’s Right. Having served Chairman Mao Zedong and the Communist leadership for two decades, and having become a key figure in China’s foreign policy, Ji now provides an honest, detailed account of the personalities and events that shaped today’s People’s Republic.

Ji’s mastery of the English language and American culture launched his improbable career, eventually winning him the role of English interpreter for China’s two top leaders: Premier Zhou Enlai and Party Chairman Mao Zedong. With a unique blend of Chinese insight and American candor, Ji paints insightful portraits of the architects of modern China: the urbane, practical, and avuncular Zhou, the conscience of the People’s Republic; and the messianic, charismatic Mao, student of China’s ancient past—his country’s stern father figure.

After the Mao years, Ji moved on to hold top diplomatic posts in the United States and the United Kingdom and then served as under-secretary-general of the United Nations. Today, he says, “The Chinese know America better than the Americans know China. The risk is that we misperceive each other.” This highly accessible insider’s chronicle of a struggling people within a developing powerhouse nation is also Ji Chaozhu’s dramatic personal story, certain to fascinate and enlighten Western audiences.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is a relief to read an account by an urbane and often witty insider who neither idolizes nor demonizes China’s top leaders…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This absorbing book should make an invaluable political (and personal) primer for anyone dealing with today’s China.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A useful account of some of the inner workings and conflicts within China’s ruling elite.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hanlie | 11/19/2013

    " Very easy to read and gives great insight to life in China during the Cultural Revolution "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nate | 6/18/2013

    " Interesting. Quick read. Novel to see something about China in the 20th Century by a senior member of the party that's fairly balanced. The guy had a very hard life but came out well. Not a classic for the ages, but an informative read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hadrian | 3/8/2013

    " Interesting memoirs of a man who survived many years of the turmoils of being in China's leadership. Good stories and lessons throughout. "Survival diplomacy", as he says, is required in these circumstances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judith | 3/5/2013

    " Good look at China from mid 70's to late 80's. "

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About the Author

Ji Chaozhu was born on July 30, 1929, in the Shanxi Province of China. Throughout his decorated career, he has held posts in China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was deputy director of the Department of Translation and Interpretation and deputy director of American and Oceanic Affairs. In 1982, he was appointed minister counselor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America, and he has served as China’s ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and the Court of St. James’. From 1991 to 1996, he served as the under-secretary-general of the United Nations. He currently resides in China with his wife.