Posted on May 9, 2015 by Rimfaxe.
Philip Short has written a balanced, thorough (to a fault, some have said) and very well written. He gives Mao his due as a military strategist, but pulls no punches when addressing such disastrous policies as the Great Leap and the Cultural Revolution. Yes, it is long, but it is far from a slog. So gifted a writer is Short that The typical "great man" biography tends to be either hagiographic or tendentious, especially when dealing with titanic personalities. Mao: A Life is that rare exception. As for this book, it's a decent read. Short spent too much time detailing the various unions and groups Mao joined prior to the 1930's, so much of the first two hundred pages or so is worth skipping over. Also a bit disappointed by the lack of depth of what Mao did during the entire decade of the 1940's. That said, Short hits his stride in describing China under Mao during the period of 1950-76.
PHILIP SHORT was for thirty years a foreign correspondent for the BBC, based in Washington, Moscow, Paris, Tokyo and Beijing. He lived and worked in China in the 1970s and 1980s, and has returned. He lived and worked in China for two decades in the 1970s and 1980s, and has returned regularly to the country ever since. He is the author of acclaimed biographies of Mitterrand (A Study in Ambiguity, Random House, 2013) and Pol Pot (Anatomy of a Nightmare, Henry Holt, 2006). The beginning is good; Short clearly explains Mao's childhood and early life up until he begins to be politically active. However, once Mao becomes a student Short contents himself with describing Mao switching schools wildly in a time of national instability; the personal element is missing. Did Mao know anyone during this time, or have any friends or influential personal figures, or was he really all alone, as seems implied?
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