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Mao Zedong

Jonathan Spence

Born in rural China in 1893, Mao Zedong led his country through "a long-drawn-out adventure in upheaval." In the process, he became one of the monumental figures of the twentieth century. He died in 1976, just as China was entering a détente with the United States. This excellent biography illuminates Mao's family life, his early years as a revolutionary, and his brief paradoxical flirtation with capitalism. Jonathan Spence, author of 11 books on Chinese history, provides both a panoramic portrait of China and a private portrait of the man at the center of so many historic events. Using sources not readily available, he penetrates the complex persona of Chairman Mao to provide an intimate view of a chilling enigma. "Spence is the best known and most talented historian of China writing in English today . . . displaying an inventive ability to derive both meaning and narrative from episodes of Chinese history that are little known in the West."-Los Angeles Times

Born in rural China in 1893, Mao Zedong led his country through "a long-drawn-out adventure in upheaval." In the process, he became one of the monumental figures of the twentieth century. He died in 1976, just as China was entering a détente with the United States. This excellent biography illuminates Mao's family life, his early years as a revolutionary, and his brief paradoxical flirtation with capitalism. Jonathan Spence, author of 11 books on Chinese history, provides both a panoramic portrait of China and a private portrait of the man at the center of so many historic events. Using sources not readily available, he penetrates the complex persona of Chairman Mao to provide an intimate view of a chilling enigma. "Spence is the best known and most talented historian of China writing in English today . . . displaying an inventive ability to derive both meaning and narrative from episodes of Chinese history that are little known in the West."-Los Angeles Times
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Born in rural China in 1893, Mao Zedong led his country through "a long-drawn-out adventure in upheaval." In the process, he became one of the monumental figures of the twentieth century. He died in 1976, just as China was entering a détente with the United States. This excellent biography illuminates Mao's family life, his early years as a revolutionary, and his brief paradoxical flirtation with capitalism. Jonathan Spence, author of 11 books on Chinese history, provides both a panoramic portrait of China and a private portrait of the man at the center of so many historic events. Using sources not readily available, he penetrates the complex persona of Chairman Mao to provide an intimate view of a chilling enigma. "Spence is the best known and most talented historian of China writing in English today . . . displaying an inventive ability to derive both meaning and narrative from episodes of Chinese history that are little known in the West."-Los Angeles Times

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alexander Adams

Length:

5h 57m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

00:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:03


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:04


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:55


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:05


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:07


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:04


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:59


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:04


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

00:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:09


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:05


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:00


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:59


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:58


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:58


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

00:53


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:06


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:58


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:05


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:17


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:56


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:00


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:06


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:59


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:03


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:00


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

00:44


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:59


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:12


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:56


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:04


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:15


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:53


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:59


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:17


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:57


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:03


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:05


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:55


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:45


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:05


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:12


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:54


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:01


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

01:58


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:01


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:00


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:05


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:00


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

02:59


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:02


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:13


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:56


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:04


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:07


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

01:48


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:11


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:58


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

02:59


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:02


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:05


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:08


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:02


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

02:58


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

00:47