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Jung Chang was born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. She left China for Britain in 1978 and obtained a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of York in 1982. She is the first person from the People¿s Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university. She lives in näytä lisää London with her husband, Jon Halliday, with whom she wrote Mao: The Unknown Story. Her non-fiction book, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, was a New York Times bestseller in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Wild Swans Group Read, 2014 Category Challenge (kesäkuu 2014)
Mao, Non-Fiction Readers (tammikuu 2008)


Mao was an evil man that led an evil regime and, without a care, directly or indirectly contributed to the peacetime deaths of tens of millions of his own people. There is no justification for that. If you want to know the how and why then this book is highly recommended.
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everettroberts | 52 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 20, 2023 |
I always love this kinds of accounts. It is history made personable. Maybe I was a bit too young when I read this (early teens) and I couldn't quite cope with intense scenes of warfare. However, I do remember that I felt througoutly engaged and at the same time learning a lot about China.
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Twisk | 157 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 2, 2023 |
Here's what I wrote about this read in 2009: "Non-Fiction. Biography of the author, her mother, and grandmother from the final day of Imperial China through China post Cultural-Revolution. Educational, and ultimately inspirational due to the three women's strengths, capabilities, successes during a the highly turbulent years forming the modern China."
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MGADMJK | 157 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 16, 2023 |
We've all heard of the horrible atrocities committed by the likes of Hitler, Stalin,or Mussolini. But for a long time due to the utmost secrecy Mao upheld in China and the cult of personality myth he created for himself, Mao's legacy kept him out of their league. However, from page, one it becomes clear that Author Jung Chang wrote this bio to blow away the myth that Mao was concerned about and acted in order to improve the lives of the people who served him. In Jung Chang's telling of Mao's life the only thing that concerned Mao was himself. She also makes it clear that what sets apart Mao from some of the most horrible monsters to ever walk the face of the earth, was the sheer numbers of the people concerned. During his decades long rule he controlled fully one fifth of the worlds total population. One fifth ! Hundreds of Hundreds of millions of these people were murdered outright. Those that escaped death suffered cruel, harsh, penniless lives. The fact that the whims of just one evil man could expose one fifth of the worlds' population to such abject misery is absolutely mind boggling.… (lisätietoja)
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kevinkevbo | 52 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 14, 2023 |



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