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     Mao: The Unknown Story
Publisher: Anchor
Author(s): Jung Chang, Jon Halliday

The most authoritative life of the Chinese leader every written, Mao: The Unknown Story is 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. 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. In all, well over 70 million Chinese perished under Mao?s rule ? in peacetime.

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     The Red Book of Guerrilla Warfare
Publisher: El Paso Norte Press
Author(s): Mao Zedong

This special edition contains the two most important essays by Mao on guerrilla warfare tactics in a new, completely uncensored format.

As a revolutionary leader, Mao Zedong laid the economic, technological and cultural foundations of modern China, transforming the country from an agrarian society into a major world power.

"Time Magazine" voted Mao Zedong as one of the 100 most influential figures of the last century. He has often been described as both "brilliant and ruthless." His essays are described as "propaganda," and have historically been viewed as "subversive" and "revolutionary." They contain some of the most practical and controversial warfare theory ever presented in essay form.

This special edition contains the translations completed for the US Military's internal library of Cold War era propaganda; presented in a new, completely uncensored format. "The Red Book of Guerrilla Warfare" contains:

1) "On Guerrilla Warfare" (full translation)
2) "Problems of Strategy in Guerrilla War against Japan" (full translation)


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     Mao Zedong: A Life (A Penguin Life)
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Author(s): Jonathan Spence

An intimate history of one of the most formidable and elusive rulers in modern history

From humble origins in the provinces, Mao Zedong rose to absolute power, unifying with an iron fist a vast country torn apart by years of weak leadership, colonialism, and war. This sharply drawn and insightful account brings to life this modern-day emperor and the tumultuous era that he did so much to shape.



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     Mao Zedong: A Political and Intellectual Portrait (Polity Political Profiles Series)
Publisher: Polity
Author(s): Maurice Meisner

Revolutionary and ruler, Marxist and nationalist, liberator and despot, Mao Zedong takes a place among the iconic leaders of the twentieth century. In this book, Maurice Meisner offers a balanced portrait of the man who defined modern China.

From his role as leader of a communist revolution in a war-torn and largely rural country to the disasters of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, the relationship between Mao's ideas and his political action is highly disputed. With unparalleled authority, Meisner shows how Mao's unique sinification of Marxism provides the key to looking at this extraordinary political career. The first part of the book is devoted to Mao's revolutionary leadership before 1949, in particular the influence of the liberal and anarchist ideas of the May Fourth era, his discovery of Marxism, Leninism and his conviction that peasants held the potential for revolution. In the second part, Meisner analyses Mao's early successes as a nationalist unifier and modernizer, the failure of his socialism and his eventual transformation into a tyrant.

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     Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society)
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Author(s): Rebecca E. Karl

Throughout this lively and concise historical account of Mao Zedong?s life and thought, Rebecca E. Karl places the revolutionary leader?s personal experiences, social visions and theory, military strategies, and developmental and foreign policies in a dynamic narrative of the Chinese revolution. She situates Mao and the revolution in a global setting informed by imperialism, decolonization, and third worldism, and discusses worldwide trends in politics, the economy, military power, and territorial sovereignty. Karl begins with Mao?s early life in a small village in Hunan province, documenting his relationships with his parents, passion for education, and political awakening during the fall of the Qing dynasty in late 1911. She traces his transition from liberal to Communist over the course of the next decade, his early critiques of the subjugation of women, and the gathering force of the May 4th movement for reform and radical change. Describing Mao?s rise to power, she delves into the dynamics of Communist organizing in an overwhelmingly agrarian society, and Mao?s confrontations with Chiang Kaishek and other nationalist conservatives. She also considers his marriages and romantic liaisons and their relation to Mao as the revolutionary founder of Communism in China. After analyzing Mao?s stormy tenure as chairman of the People?s Republic of China, Karl concludes by examining his legacy in China from his death in 1976 through the Beijing Olympics in 2008.


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     The Private Life of Chairman Mao
Publisher: Random House
Author(s): Li Zhi-Sui, Li Zhisui

From 1954 until Mao Zedong's death 22 years later. Dr. Li Zhisui was the Chinese ruler's personal physician. For most of these years, Mao was in excellent health; thus he and the doctor had time to discuss political and personal matters. Dr. Li recorded many of these conversations in his diaries, as well as in his memory. In this book, Dr. Li vividly reconstructs his extraordinary time with Chairman Mao. of illustrations.

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     Collected Writings of Chairman Mao - Politics and Tactics
Publisher: El Paso Norte Press
Author(s): Mao Zedong, Mao Tse-tung

Mao Zedong (also known as Mao Tse-tung) is regarded as one of the most controversial figures in modern world history. Having conquered the country, he ruled the People's Republic of China from its establishment as a Communist state in 1949 until the time of his death in 1976. Brilliant and ruthless, his legacy includes guerrilla warfare tactics, violent cultural revolutions, and enduring Communist propaganda. He was named one of the 100 most influential figures of the 20th century by Time Magazine.

Eric Margolis, of the Huffington Post writes of Chairman Mao:

"Mao was an accomplished poet, writer and historian, a profound thinker, and a superb military strategist. He crushed the US-backed Nationalist's 4.3-million strong armies in a series of titanic battles, forcing his rival, Chiang Kai-shek, to flee to Taiwan... The Great Helmsman united fractured, war-torn China, restoring its pride and self-confidence after two centuries of humiliation. Mao thwarted both Soviet and U.S. efforts to turn China into a client state, and built up China's military power... Mao's aides dared not tell him millions were starving. Red Emperor Mao was prodigal with his people's lives, and, according to aides who were close to him, was shockingly indifferent to their suffering. Mao horrified even brutal Soviet leaders by saying he was prepared to lose half his people to emerge victorious from a nuclear war...

The first volume in this special collection contains six important lectures and essays by Chairman Mao.

*Part 1 - Basic Tactics
*Part 2 - On Correcting Mistaken Ideas in the Party
*Part 3 - The Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Communist Party
*Part 4 - The Role of the Chinese Communist Party
*Part 5 - The Orientation of the Youth Movement
*Part 6 - Win the Masses


Excerpt from "Collected Writings of Chairman Mao - Politics and Tactics" by Mao Zedong.
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WE MUST ORGANIZE THE MASSES AND UNITE WITH THEM

Modern warfare is not a matter in which armies alone can determine victory or defeat. Especially in guerrilla combat, we must rely on the force of the popular masses, for it is only thus that we can have a guarantee of success. The support of the masses offers us great advantages as regards transport, assistance to wounded, intelligence, disruption of the enemy's position, etc. At the same time, the enemy can be put into an isolated position, thus further increasing our advantages. If, by misfortune, we are defeated, it will also be possible to escape or to find concealment. Consequently, we must not lightly give battle in places where the masses are not organized and linked to us.

WE MUST NOT FEAR THE ENEMY

When we see the enemy, simply because he has a weapon in his hands, we must not be frightened to death, like a rat who sees a cat. We must not be afraid of approaching him or infiltrating into his midst, in order to carry out sabotage. We are men; our enemies are also men; we are all men, so what should we fear? The fact that he has weapons? We can find a way to seize his weapons.

All we are afraid of is getting killed by the enemy. But when we undergo the oppression of the enemy to such a point as this, how can anyone still fear death? And if we do not fear death, then what is there to fear about the enemy? So when we see the enemy, whether he is many or few, we must act as though he can satisfy our hunger, and immediately swallow him.



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     On Guerrilla Warfare
Publisher: CreateSpace
Author(s): Mao Tse-tung

On Guerrilla Warfare by legendary revolutionist Mao Tse-tung is widely considered to be one of the greatest books of all time amongst revolutionaries. This book will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, On Guerrilla Warfare is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading literature on warfare, terrorism, revolutions, and the like, this book by Mao Tse-tung is highly recommended. Published by Classic House Books and beautifully produced, On Guerrilla Warfare should be considered for inclusion into everyone's personal library.

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     Mao Zedong (Wicked History)
Publisher: Franklin Watts
Author(s): Kimberly Burton Heuston



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     Mao: A Life
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Author(s): Philip Short

The definitive biography of the man who dominated modern Chinese history.

When the Nationalists routed a ragtag Red Army on the Xiang River during the Long March, an earthy Chinese peasant with a brilliant mind moved to a position of power. Eight years after his military success, Mao Tse-Tung had won out over more sophisticated rivals to become party chairman, his title for life. Isolated by his eminence, he lived like a feudal emperor for much of his reign after a blood purge took more lives than those killed by either Stalin or Hitler. His virtual quarantine resulted in an ideological/political divide and a devastating reign of terror that became the Cultural Revolution. Though Mao broke the shackles of two thousand years of Confucian right thinking and was the major force of contemporary China, he reverted to the simplistic thinking of his peasant origins at the , sustained by the same autocratic process that supported China's first emperors.

One cannot understand today's China without first understanding Mao. Attempts to view Mao's life through Western lenses inevitably present a cartoonish monster or hero, both far removed from the real man. Philip Short's masterly assessment-informed by secret documents recently found in China-allows the reader to understand this colossal figure whose shadow will dominate the twenty-first century.


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     Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
Publisher: Kiefer Press
Author(s): Mao Tse-Tung

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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     Collected Writings of Chairman Mao: Volume 3 - On Policy, Practice and Contradiction
Publisher: El Paso Norte Press
Author(s): Mao Zedong, Mao Tse-tung

Mao Zedong (also known as Mao Tse-tung) is regarded as one of the most controversial figures in modern world history. Having conquered the country, he ruled the People's Republic of China from its establishment as a Communist state in 1949 until the time of his death in 1976. Brilliant and ruthless, his legacy includes guerrilla warfare tactics, violent cultural revolutions, and enduring Communist propaganda. He was named one of the 100 most influential figures of the 20th century by Time Magazine.

Eric Margolis of the Huffington Post writes of Chairman Mao:

"Mao was an accomplished poet, writer and historian, a profound thinker, and a superb military strategist. He crushed the US-backed Nationalist's 4.3-million strong armies in a series of titanic battles, forcing his rival, Chiang Kai-shek, to flee to Taiwan... The Great Helmsman united fractured, war-torn China, restoring its pride and self-confidence after two centuries of humiliation. Mao thwarted both Soviet and U.S. efforts to turn China into a client state, and built up China's military power... Mao's aides dared not tell him millions were starving. Red Emperor Mao was prodigal with his people's lives, and, according to aides who were close to him, was shockingly indifferent to their suffering. Mao horrified even brutal Soviet leaders by saying he was prepared to lose half his people to emerge victorious from a nuclear war..."

The third volume in this special collection contains five important lectures and essays by Chairman Mao:

*Part 1 - On Policy
*Part 2 - On Practice
*Part 3 - On Contradiction
*Part 4 - On New Democracy
*Part 5 - On the Correct Handling of Contradictions among the People


Excerpt from Collected Writings of Chairman Mao - On Policy, Practice and Contradiction by Mao Zedong
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Above all, Marxists regard man's activity in production as the most fundamental practical activity, the determinant of all his other activities. Man's knowledge depends mainly on his activity in material production, through which he comes gradually to understand the phenomena, the properties and the laws of nature, and the relations between himself and nature; and through his activity in production he also gradually comes to understand, in varying degrees, certain relations that exist between man and man. None of this knowledge can be acquired apart from activity in production. In a classless society every person, as a member of society, joins in common effort with the other members, enters into definite relations of production with them and engages in production to meet man's material needs. In all class societies, the members of the different social classes also enter, in different ways, into definite relations of production and engage in production to meet their material needs. This is the primary source from which human knowledge develops.

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     Mao Zedong and China's Revolutions: A Brief History with Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Whether one views Mao Zedong as a hero or a demon, the "Great Helmsman" was undoubtedly a pivotal figure in the history of 20th-century China. The first part of this volume is an introductory essay that traces the history of 20th-century China, from Mao's early career up to the Chinese Communist Party's victory in 1949, through three decades of revolution, to Mao's death I 1976. The second half offers a selection of Mao's writings?including such seminal pieces as "On the New Democracy" and selections from the "Little Red Book"?and writings about Mao and his legacy by both his contemporaries and modern scholars. Also included are headnotes, a chronology, Questions for Consideration, photographs, a selected bibliography, and index.


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     World History Biographies: Mao Zedong: The Rebel Who Led a Revolution (National Geographic World History Biographies)
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books
Author(s): Flora Geyer

Born in Southern China in 1893, this farmer's son would rule the world's most populous country. The young Mao Zedong grew up in a world desperate to break with the ancient rules of the Qing dynasty. Mao challenged convention early in life, and was expelled from school. He joined China's new Communist Party, and led China's historic revolution. Hailed by many as a truly liberating hero, others demonized him as a brutal monster. This biography outlines the revolutionary life of the first leader of the People's Republic of China and sets his march to power in the context of world history.

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     Collected Writings of Chairman Mao: Volume 2 - Guerrilla Warfare
Publisher: El Paso Norte Press
Author(s): Mao Zedong, Mao Tse-tung

Mao Zedong (also known as Mao Tse-tung) is regarded as one of the most controversial figures in modern world history. Having conquered the country, he ruled the People's Republic of China from its establishment as a Communist state in 1949 until the time of his death in 1976. Brilliant and ruthless, his legacy includes guerrilla warfare tactics, violent cultural revolutions, and enduring Communist propaganda. He was named one of the 100 most influential figures of the 20th century by Time Magazine.

Eric Margolis, of the Huffington Post writes of Chairman Mao:

"Mao was an accomplished poet, writer and historian, a profound thinker, and a superb military strategist. He crushed the US-backed Nationalist's 4.3-million strong armies in a series of titanic battles, forcing his rival, Chiang Kai-shek, to flee to Taiwan... The Great Helmsman united fractured, war-torn China, restoring its pride and self-confidence after two centuries of humiliation. Mao thwarted both Soviet and U.S. efforts to turn China into a client state, and built up China's military power... Mao's aides dared not tell him millions were starving. Red Emperor Mao was prodigal with his people's lives, and, according to aides who were close to him, was shockingly indifferent to their suffering. Mao horrified even brutal Soviet leaders by saying he was prepared to lose half his people to emerge victorious from a nuclear war...

The second volume in this special collection contains three important lectures and essays by Chairman Mao dealing with guerrilla warfare:

*Part 1 - On Guerrilla Warfare
*Part 2 - Problems of Strategy in Guerrilla War against Japan
*Part 3 - On Protracted War


Excerpt from "Collected Writings of Chairman Mao: Volume 2 - Guerrilla Warfare" by Mao Zedong.
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In September 1812, Napoleon, in the course of swallowing all of Europe, invaded Russia at the head of a great army totaling several hundred thousand infantry, cavalry, and artillery. At that time, Russia was weak and her ill-prepared army was not concentrated. The most important phase of her strategy was the use made of Cossack cavalry and detachments of peasants to carry on guerrilla operations. After giving up Moscow, the Russians formed nine guerrilla divisions of about five hundred men each. These, and vast groups of organized peasants, carried on partisan warfare and continually harassed the French Army. When the French Army was withdrawing, cold and starving, Russian guerrillas blocked the way and, in combination with regular troops, carried out counterattacks on the French rear, pursuing and defeating them.

The army of the heroic Napoleon was almost entirely annihilated, and the guerrillas captured many officers, men, cannon, and rifles. Though the victory was the result of various factors and depended largely on the activities of the regular army the function of the partisan groups was extremely important. The corrupt and poorly organized country that was Russia defeated and destroyed an army led by the most famous soldier of Europe and won the war in spite of the fact that her ability to organize guerrilla regimes was not fully developed. At times, guerrilla groups were hindered in their operations and the supply of equipment and arms was insufficient. If we use the Russian saying, it was a case of a battle between "the fist and the axe."

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     Mao: A Biography: Revised and Expanded Edition
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Author(s): Ross Terrill

The most comprehensive and authoritative biography of the man who shaped modern-day China--by one of the world's most experienced China watchers. "Indispensable to understanding the inseparable relationship between Mao and events in China over the last half century".--Chicago Sun-Times.

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     Was Mao Really a Monster?: The Academic Response to Chang and Halliday's "Mao: The Unknown Story"
Publisher: Routledge
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Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday was published in 2005 to a great fanfare. The book portrays Mao as a monster ? equal to or worse than Hitler and Stalin ? and a fool who won power by native cunning and ruled by terror. It received a rapturous welcome from reviewers in the popular press and rocketed to the top of the worldwide bestseller list. Few works on China by writers in the West have achieved its impact.

Reviews by serious China scholars, however, tended to take a different view. Most were sharply critical, questioning its authority and the authors? methods , arguing that Chang and Halliday?s book is not a work of balanced scholarship, as it purports to be, but a highly selective and even polemical study that sets out to demonise Mao.

This book brings together sixteen reviews of Mao: The Unknown Story ? all by internationally well-regarded specialists in modern Chinese history, and published in relatively specialised scholarly journals. Taken together they demonstrate that Chang and Halliday?s portrayal of Mao is in many places woefully inaccurate. While agreeing that Mao had many faults and was responsible for some disastrous policies, they conclude that a more balanced picture is needed.



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     Mao's Last Revolution
Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Author(s): Roderick MacFarquhar, Michael Schoenhals

The Cultural Revolution was a watershed event in the history of the People?s Republic of China, the defining decade of half a century of communist rule. Before 1966, China was a typical communist state, with a command economy and a powerful party able to keep the population under control. But during the Cultural Revolution, in a move unprecedented in any communist country, Mao unleashed the Red Guards against the party. Tens of thousands of officials were humiliated, tortured, and even killed. Order had to be restored by the military, whose methods were often equally brutal.

In a masterly book, Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals explain why Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, and show his Machiavellian role in masterminding it (which Chinese publications conceal). In often horrifying detail, they document the Hobbesian state that ensued. The movement veered out of control and terror paralyzed the country. Power struggles raged among Lin Biao, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Qing?Mao?s wife and leader of the Gang of Four?while Mao often played one against the other.

After Mao?s death, in reaction to the killing and the chaos, Deng Xiaoping led China into a reform era in which capitalism flourishes and the party has lost its former authority. In its invaluable critical analysis of Chairman Mao and its brilliant portrait of a culture in turmoil, Mao?s Last Revolution offers the most authoritative and compelling account to date of this seminal event in the history of China.

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     Mao Zedong (Life&Times)
Publisher: Haus Publishers Ltd.
Author(s): Jonathan Clements

Accessible and affordable illustrated biography about a topical historical figure


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     The Art of War by Mao Tse-tung - Special Edition (The Art of War - Special Edition)
Publisher: El Paso Norte Press
Author(s): Mao Zedong, Mao Tse-tung

This Special Edition of "The Art of War" by Mao Tse-tung contains his four most important discourses on warfare. The parallels between Chairman Mao's thoughts on strategy and those of Sun Tzu belie a direct lineage of culture and genius projected across twenty five centuries.

First, "Problems of Strategy in China's Revolutionary War", considers the rational and classical strategems underlying the conduct of a successful war.

Second, "Problems of Strategy in Guerrilla War Against Japan", discusses the conduct of guerrilla actions relative to, and within, conventional warfare.

Third, "On Protracted War", deals with a wide range of topics including mobile warfare, guerrilla warfare, positional warfare, war of attrition and war of annihilation.

Fourth, "Problems of War and Strategy" summarizes the lessons of the previous discourses and reiterates the famous dictum: "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."

Other Special Editions in this series that deal with the subject of warfare and strategy include:

The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Special Edition
The Art of War By Baron De Jomini - Special Edition
The Art of War & The Prince By Machiavelli - Special Edition

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