Moreover the Russians had bribed or kidnapped close relatives of most of Chang Kai Shek's generals to that they all switched sides when ordered. Lazy go to the store, sometimes there is sometimes no, it becomes complicated! Eine methodisch genauere und im Stil nüchternere Biographie über Mao und den chinesischen Kommunismus muss erst noch geschrieben werden. The content is as gruesome as that of any war history book. I don't think there's any need for that and it somewhat compromises the otherwise rigorously well-researched feeling you get when reading the book and when looking at the list of interviews in the back, man. Jeden Idealismus spricht sie ihm ab. In his dream to dominate the world Mao created the greatest famine in world history that killed over 38 million people. I felt it was worth the time I spent on it, but I can't say that Jung did the best she could have.
There has been some controversy about the accuracy of some of the information, but overall, from what I have read, there is some new information that has been verified Russia's involvement in Chinese politics during the civil war, for example. The first is that the research effort by Ms. This is the necessary counterpoint so that there might one day be an unbiased and objective account of the life of Mao. And also at how instrumental Moscow's steps were in keeping the Japanese bogged down so that they wouldn't be able to attack north into the Soviet Union. He did fail as a leader, but he also did many good things for China. Chang is right to have a personal dislike of Mao. The book opens with Chang positing that Mao killed more than 60 million of his own people, more than any other dictator during peace time.
Es werden derart ungeheuerliche Dinge geschildert, die für einen zivilisierten Menschen kaum nachzuvoll ziehen sind. At times, reading it was a chore that ranks up there with getting through John Galt's 60-page speech in Atlas Shrugged. The result is a book which is rich in detail on Mao and which presents the best description of Mao's relations with the Russians thus providing the best explanation of how the communists were able to I am giving this book four stars for two reasons. It's okay to picture a leader's policies and direction as monstrous, but I believe at some level he's still a human being. It was an interesting read, don't get me wrong.
The book reaches a hilarious level of propaganda language. The legendary long march is nothing more than that. Be sure to scroll down for Chang and Halliday's point by point response. Den meisten interessierten Lesern wird das ohnehin bekannt sein. The auhtors illustrate how Mao's thirst for blood is what led him to choose the Communist Party, over the Nationalists because the Nationalists put limits on the brutality their forces allowed and only the Communists could provide him with a means to assuage his mania for murder and destruction. I once owned a t-shirt that I bought while vacationing in China that had a picture of Mao that is identical to the one on the cover of this book.
Um die zu betrachtende Person würdigen zu können, ist ein hohes Maß an Empathie und Reflexionsvermögen von Nöten. You'll certainly think so after spending time with him in these pages, and being force fed an opinion however justified isn't what I want in a biography. Das Motiv von Maos Handeln war ausschließlich und zu jeder Zeit sein absoluter Wille zur Macht. Her intense personal feelings established this book as a personal journey of discovery which took her ten years of intense research. Die Lebensbeschreibung der kommunistischen Legende Mao Tse Tung ist gründlich gescheitert. You'll certainly think so after spending time with him in th Wow.
The early Chinese Communists were born out of Russia's passion for communism, Okay, I put my hands up. Still, I found it a riveting though not easy book to read. Read the book, not as academic history or as a scientific investigation, but more as a bill of indictment. In my mind it makes for unbalanced, incomplete biography. They could only control the railways and big cities, leaving small towns and the countryside up for grabs. Denunciations were followed by public beatings and executions with the people being encouraged to participate.
This famine which lasted between '58 and '61 killed 38 million alone, peaking in 1960 at 22 million, a greater number to die of starvation in one year than any country in the world at any time in recorded human history. Mao is presented as a sadist who used both terrorism of large groups and elimination of competing individuals to solidify his position alone at the top. Es war auch nicht die kommunistische Ideologie, obwohl er ihren weltweiten Sieg anstrebte. Während der Lektüre der Mao-Biographie bekommt man das Gefühl, also ob der kommunistische Diktator allmächtig gewesen wäre. Just like when I read Wild Swans byt Jung Chang, there were times when my eyes almost crossed when she is writing of politics and military maneuvers. Das Buch sollte Pflicht Lektüre für alle Linke sein.
Es war auch nicht die kommunistische Ideologie, obwohl er ihren weltweiten Sieg anstrebte. The authors assert, for example, that he was not in fact a founding member of the Chinese Communist Party, as is widely believed, and that the party was founded in 1920 rather than 19 I'm currently reading , brilliant, impassioned indictment of the Soviet system of suppression and imprisonment. Und so gelingt es ihr, die Wahrheit hinter zahlreichen, von den Kommunisten gehegten und gepflegten Mythen ans Licht zu bringen und viele, teils von Mao vorsätzlich und gekonnt verbreitete Falschdarstellungen zu entlarven. ? It is very peculiar that a book could be written of such length and full of such needling and petty detail while touching its subject so shallowly. Sie schildern aber nicht nur Charakter und Leben eines durch und durch bösen Machthabers, der bis auf die Zuneigung zu seiner Mutter keine humane Regung gekannt zu haben scheint. Doch der Mann, den sie in ihrem Buch für den Leser lebendig werden lässt, weist ganz andere Züge auf - es sind sehr viel hässlichere.
At first, I was put off by the heavily polemical style and constant sneers at Mao. Here's the thing: we already know that Mao was a dick! Mao's 27 year rule brought death to more than 70 million Chinese-in peacetime. Had this food not been exported and instead been distributed according to humane criteria , very probably not a single person in China would have had to die of hunger. A lot of people don't know that because it isn't part of Western history, but it is true. So stützt sich Chang vielfach auf Zeugenaussagen, bedient sich also der Methode der Oral History.
In the tradition of the cruel emperors of China's past, Mao set himself up to be a god who required unquestioni I once owned a t-shirt that I bought while vacationing in China that had a picture of Mao that is identical to the one on the cover of this book. A historian--the role Chang is attempting to assume here--needs to look at all sides of these issues of power an Jung Chang wrote a beautiful story in Wild Swans, the biograpy of her own family through the Mao era, but this biography she has written of Mao Zedong is flawed in that she clearly lets her overwhelming hatred for what her family went through keep her from being an objective biographer. It is just too dense, and too filled with battle and political strategy to be my cup of tea. Schließlich würde niemand in Deutschland ernsthaft argumentieren, Hitler wäre alleine für die Ermordung der Juden in Europa verantwortlich gewesen. The details are given in appendixes, which make the book look even longer than it is, and maybe give it a scholarly appearance that isn't borne out by its tone.