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The World Today – Dispelling the myth of Mao: Jung Chang sheds new light on the Communist leader

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Surry Hills Library yielded some treasures today, Jung Chang’s Mao: The Unknown Story (2005) being the first. I am two chapters in and it is a breath of fresh air! I wrote an essay about Mao Tse-tung way back in the 1960s when I studied Asian history, and since then I have read much about him and quite a bit of his own writings. I also met Jung Chang briefly in the early 1990s.

Don’t romanticise the old bastard; Jung Chang should make that temptation less likely. You may find a range of reviews of Mao: The Unknown Story on Metacritic.Com, and further reviews and an extract here.

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