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The Resource Mao : the real story, Alexander V. Pantsov with Steven I. Levine

Mao : the real story, Alexander V. Pantsov with Steven I. Levine

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Mao : the real story
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Mao
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the real story
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Alexander V. Pantsov with Steven I. Levine
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  • eng
  • rus
  • eng
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This major new biography of Mao uses extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to biographers to reveal surprising details about Mao's rise to power and his leadership in China
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  • /* Starred Review */ While early biographies of Mao Zedong (1893–1976) beginning with Edgar Snow’s 1936 Thunder out of China were worshipful, new biographies have revealed the extent of his ruthlessness. With access to recently opened Soviet and Chinese archives, Russian-émigré historian Pantsov(The Bolsheviks and the Chinese Revolution, 1919–1927), together with China expert Levine (Anvil of Victory: The Communist Revolution in Manchuria), continues this trend, often contradicting previous accounts. They relate in detail how Mao, who joined the Communist Party in 1920, fought his way, often murderously, to its leadership in the 1930s. After Japan’s 1937 invasion, he consolidated his strength while the forces of Chiang Kai-shek, head of the autocratic Nationalist government, took the brunt of the fighting before losing the post-1945 civil war. Taking power in 1949, Mao established a Stalinist autocracy featuring purges, massive social upheaval, and disastrous economic policies. Official Chinese histories extol his fierce independence—even of Joseph Stalin—but Pantsov reveals that Mao took pains to remain a faithful follower until Stalin’s 1952 death. Although dense with the minutiae of Chinese politics, persistent readers will encounter plenty of fireworks in this definitive biography. 16 pages of b&w photos, maps. Agent: Peter Bernstein, Peter Bernstein Agency (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed June 18, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 25, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Pantsov (history & political science, Capital Univ., OH; The Bolsheviks and the Chinese Revolution 1919 – 1927 ) put decades of research into his comprehensive 2007 Russian-language biography of Mao, here translated and adapted by Levine (senior research assoc., Maureen & Mike Mansfield Ctr., Univ. of Montana; China's Bitter Victory ), himself the author of key studies on the Chinese revolution. Pantsov not only synthesizes Chinese, Russian, American, and European sources and scholarship but also delves into Moscow's previously closed inner-party files on the Communist Party of China going back to the 1920s, which are stunning in their personal and organizational reporting. China scholars now will have to reassess every element of Mao's career, both his strategies, which were indispensable to revolutionary success, as well as his dependence on Soviet leader Stalin. More important than Pantsov and Levine's scholarly chops, however, is that they spin a balanced and utterly compelling story larded with telling and often newly uncovered anecdotes about Mao's family, wives, comrades, rivals, and victims. The analytical common sense of the authors' judgments on Mao's crimes and achievements builds on their insights into Mao's complex personality (and, yes, sex life). VERDICT One of the most important China books of recent years and a page-turner, too. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/12.]— Charles W. Hayford, Evanston, IL --Charles W. Hayford (Reviewed September 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 14, p108)
  • /* Starred Review */ A comprehensive, authoritative new study that challenges the received wisdom regarding Mao's relationship with Stalin and the Soviet Union. With rare access to the newly consolidated Russian State Archive of Social and Political History, Pantsov (History/Capital Univ.; The Bolsheviks and the Chinese Revolution, 1919-1927, 2000) and Levine construct an "up-to-date" take on the Chinese Communist Party and Mao's rise in it as being essentially dictated by Stalin and financially supported by the Soviet Union through the 1950s. Stalin manipulated Mao to his own ends; only after Stalin's death and Mao's increasingly antagonistic relationship with Khrushchev did the Chinese pull away from the Soviet Union as part of an "emancipation of consciousness." The authors' detail is minute and the characters proliferate mind-bendingly, especially in the careful reconstruction of Mao's rise from rube and community organizer to national leader. Pantsov and Levine depict Mao with all his conflicting facets, from the early bookworm and idealist who initially scorned the "stupidity" of the masses, to becoming the party's self-made prophet on the agrarian question, espousing the proletarian confiscation of land from the landlords. He was a man of enormous energy and capacity for love who was nonetheless hardened by the intraparty struggle against Chiang Kai-shek; he was also a utopian socialist who embarked on the modernization scheme of the Great Leap Forward in 1957 after a stimulating trip to Moscow. The great famine that ensued did not dampen Mao's enthusiasm for revolutionary incentives, as played out tragically in the Red Guards' devastation, and his "irrepressible lust for violence" has been largely forgiven by history because he consolidated China's "national liberation." The Great Helmsman fully fleshed, still complicated and ever provocative.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2012)
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individual biography
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10146713
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1955-
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Pantsov, Alexander
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B
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
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index present
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non fiction
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Levine, Steven I
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  • Mao, Zedong
  • Heads of state
  • China
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adult
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the real story
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Mao : the real story, Alexander V. Pantsov with Steven I. Levine
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Originally published in Russian: Moskva : Molodaia Gvardiia, 2007, under title Mao Tszedun
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Myths and realities -- The apprentice. The foster child of the Bodhisattva ; On the threshold of a new world ; "I think, therefore, I am" ; The sound of footsteps in a deserted valley ; Dreams of a red chamber ; The Great Union of the Popular Masses ; Breathing world revolution, or, The magic of dictatorship ; "Following the Russian path" ; The lessons of Bolshevik tactics -- The revolutionary. Entering the Guomindang ; Hopes and disappointments ; Playing with Chiang Kai-shek ; The collapse of the United Front ; The path to the Soviets ; Red banner over the Jinggang Mountains ; A single spark can start a prairie fire ; Under the Comintern's wing ; Dog eat dog, Communist-style ; The long march ; The Xi'an Incident ; The flirtatious philosopher ; Consolidating control over the CCP ; Stalin, Mao, and the new democratic revolution in China -- The dictator. Visit to the Red Mecca ; The Korean adventure ; The contradictions of new democracy ; Socialist industrialization ; The Great Turning Point ; The emancipation of consciousness ; The Great Leap Forward ; Famine and fear ; "The dismissal of Hai Rui from office" ; To rebel is justified ; The Red Guard Tragedy ; The mystery of Project 571 ; Death of the Red Emperor -- Appendix 1. Mao Zedong's chronology -- Appendix 2. Mao Zedong's genealogy
Control code
000048451957
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Extent
xix, 755 p., [16] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781451654479
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports.
Label
Mao : the real story, Alexander V. Pantsov with Steven I. Levine
Link
Publication
Note
Originally published in Russian: Moskva : Molodaia Gvardiia, 2007, under title Mao Tszedun
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Myths and realities -- The apprentice. The foster child of the Bodhisattva ; On the threshold of a new world ; "I think, therefore, I am" ; The sound of footsteps in a deserted valley ; Dreams of a red chamber ; The Great Union of the Popular Masses ; Breathing world revolution, or, The magic of dictatorship ; "Following the Russian path" ; The lessons of Bolshevik tactics -- The revolutionary. Entering the Guomindang ; Hopes and disappointments ; Playing with Chiang Kai-shek ; The collapse of the United Front ; The path to the Soviets ; Red banner over the Jinggang Mountains ; A single spark can start a prairie fire ; Under the Comintern's wing ; Dog eat dog, Communist-style ; The long march ; The Xi'an Incident ; The flirtatious philosopher ; Consolidating control over the CCP ; Stalin, Mao, and the new democratic revolution in China -- The dictator. Visit to the Red Mecca ; The Korean adventure ; The contradictions of new democracy ; Socialist industrialization ; The Great Turning Point ; The emancipation of consciousness ; The Great Leap Forward ; Famine and fear ; "The dismissal of Hai Rui from office" ; To rebel is justified ; The Red Guard Tragedy ; The mystery of Project 571 ; Death of the Red Emperor -- Appendix 1. Mao Zedong's chronology -- Appendix 2. Mao Zedong's genealogy
Control code
000048451957
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Extent
xix, 755 p., [16] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781451654479
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports.

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