Growing up in rural Hunan, Mao described his father as a stern disciplinarian, who would beat him and his three siblings, the boys Zemin and Zetanas well as an adopted girl, Zejian. Learning the value systems of Confucianismhe later admitted that he didn't enjoy the classical Chinese texts preaching Confucian morals, instead favouring popular novels like Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Water Margin.
Li Zhisui, Mao's personal physician for nearly 22 years. Li often slept in a small room next to Mao's ballroom-size bedroom, traveled with him and had many late night conversations with him.
Li Zhisui, excerpts reprinted U. For years Dr Li listened to Mao boasting about his sexual practices and prowess; he also treated the Great Helmsman for various venereal diseases.
Although at least one became pregnant, Dr Li knew that Mao was infertile; he never revealed this to his patient. Jonathan Mirsky, The Spectator, September 29, ] Born into a family of physicians, including two who served the Chinese emperor, Li was trained at an American-financed medical school in China and worked as a ship's surgeon in Australia for one year.
He began working for Mao when he was 35 years old. He sometimes taught the chairman English. Li filled 40 notebooks with observation of Mao in the s and 60s, but he burned these out of fear of reprisals during the Cultural Revolution.
After Mao died in the doctor began writing what he remembered and this time he filled 20 notebooks. Inhe fled to Chicago where his two sons lived, and in he promised his wife on her deathbed that he would record his story for his children and later generations.
Wikipedia article Wikipedia ; Paul Noll site paulnoll. Main China Page factsanddetails. Fanshen by William Hinton is the classic account of rural revolution during the communist-led civil war in the late s.
The book was read by U. President George Bush and embraced by the American right as a condemnation of Communism. It characterizes Mao as cruel, materialistic, self-centered and a leader who used terror with the aim of ruling the world. There is also a Mao biography by Jonathon Spence.
A New History by John K. You can help this site a little by ordering your Amazon books through this link: Henry Kissinger once wrote that the Great Helmsman "exuded more concentrated willpower and determination than any other leader I have encountered, with the possible exception of Charles de Gaulle," Mao reportedly never bathed, preferring instead to be rubbed down with a hot towel.
According to to various memoirs he suffered insomnia, shed tears over the failure of the Great Leap Forward, fell asleep with books all over the bed and requested that songs from Song Dynasty be played during an operation to remove cataracts from his eyes in Mao took cold showers in the winter, read philosophy and liked to ponder big questions of society and politics.
There was no evidence of the monster he eventually became.Mao: The Unknown Story is a biography of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong especially in the creation of a mass market work that would claim authority and dominance in the study of Mao Zedong and his history." China experts attack biography's 'misleading' sources by Jonathan Fenby, The Observer, 4 December Mao: The Unknown Story is a biography of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong (–) written by the wife and husband team of writer Jung Chang and historian Jon Halliday, who depict Mao as being responsible for more deaths in peacetime than Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin..
In conducting their research for the book over the course of a decade, the authors interviewed hundreds . Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society) Aug 13, leslutinsduphoenix.com: mao a biography.
World History Biographies: Mao Zedong: The Rebel Who Led a Revolution (National Geographic World History Biographies) May 8, Mao Zedong: The Founding Father of China - Biography of Famous People | Children's Biography Books Dec 1, Whether one views Mao Zedong as a hero or a demon, the "Great Helmsman" was, undoubtedly, a pivotal figure in the history of twentieth-century China, a man whose life and writings provide a fascinating window on the Chinese experience from the s onward.
Watch video · Mao Tse-tung was born on December 26, , in the farming community of Shaoshan, in the province of Hunan, China, to a peasant family that had tilled their three acres of land for several.