2005 First Edition. Signed by both authors.Publisher - Jonathan Cape London.Cover is hard
bound in black cloth. Base of spine lightly bumped, otherwise good condition. Ex library - Brighton Grammar School.Dust Jacket is present. Not price clipped. Shelf wear on top and bottom edges.End Papers are intact, mauve. Preliminaries – Signed and dedicated on title page; Table of contents; List of Illustrations; List of Maps; List of Abbreviations; Note about Spelling.Main Text Body - 814 Pages. Fine and clean. End Matters – Acknowledgements; List of Interviewees; Archives Consulted; Notes; Bibliography; Index.Edges are even and unworn.Spine is tight with no gutter damage. Gilt
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.
Jung Chang and her husband Jon Halliday have written a groundbreaking biography of Mao Tse-tung. Based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before - and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him - this is the most authoritative life of Mao ever written. It is full of startling revelations, exploding the myth of the Long March, and showing a completely unknown Mao: he was not driven by idealism or ideology; his intimate and intricate relationship with Stalin went back to the 1920s, ultimately bringing him to power; he welcomed Japanese occupation of much of China; and he schemed, poisoned and blackmailed to get his way. After Mao conquered China in 1949, his secret goal was to dominate the world. In chasing this dream he caused the deaths of 38 million people in the greatest famine in history. Combining meticulous history with the story-telling style of WILD SWANS this biography makes immediate Mao's roller-coaster life, as he intrigued and fought every step of the way to force through his unpopular decisions. The reader enters the shadowy chambers of Mao's court, and eavesdrops on the drama in its hidden recesses. Mao's character and the enormity of his behaviour towards his wives, mistresses and children are unveiled for the first time. This is an entirely fresh look at Mao in both content and approach.