The Private Life of Chairman Mao

The Private Life of Chairman Mao

The Memoirs of Mao's Personal Physician

Book - 1994
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Chairman Mao's personal physician and confidant for twenty two years, takes us for the first time into the Chinese dictator's very private world.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1994.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679400356
0679400354
Branch Call Number: BIO MAO, T. Li
Characteristics: xxii, 682 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dai, Hongchao 1929-
Thurston, Anne F.

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Mar 25, 2017

Dr. Li provides a unique perspective of one of history's great monsters, Mao Zedong. Li's daily interactions with Mao allow him to share with us in great detail Mao's intelligence, his general lack of concern for others' suffering , his egomania, his inexplicable kindnesses and his insatiable sexual appetite, even as he was dying of ALS. That Mao was a political genius who understood the Chinese people and their history better than almost anyone is clear. That he was a despicable, cold blooded despot who could cause the deaths of millions of people and respond with a shrug is also clear. Mao was a man who was more human that one would first expect. He was filled with surprising contradictions. For example, he admired the US to a high degree and disdained the USSR - at least the post-Stalin version.

This book is full of fascinating insights into Mao. A great read and exceptionally informative. Highly recommended.

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