Mao Zedong

  • by Jonathan Spence
  • Narrated by Alexander Adams
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 20th century. He died in 1976, just as China was entering detente with the U.S. This excellent biography illuminates Mao's family life, his early years as a revolutionary, and his brief paradoxical flirtation with capitalism. Spence, the 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 portrait of a chilling enigma.

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What the Critics Say

"China historian Spence blends historical facts with cultural analysis, creating a work that is fluid and informative." (Publishers Weekly)

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Excellent analysis

This book by Spence is, of course, first-rate. Of course, nearly all of his works on China are worthy reads. Not all histories, however, can be successfully adapted to audio format and retain their validity for the common reader. But this book excels as an audio book. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in the history of the past century or anyone that cares to understand the current state of affairs in China (and the world) today.

Besides, this book (less than 200 pages) can be listened to in less than six hours. And the writing is superb! You certainly won't get "bored" listening to this book!
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- Karen

Not up to standards

Jonathon Spence is a brilliant historian. This book is a poor effort. There is no analysis or exploration of character.
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- Kobi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-27-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape