The Private Life of Chairman Mao: The Memoirs of Mao's Personal Physician

Random House, 1994 - 682 Seiten
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From 1954 until Mao Zedong's death twenty-two years later, Dr. Li Zhisui was the Chinese ruler's personal physician, which put him in almost daily - and increasingly intimate - contact with Mao and his inner circle. For most of these years, Mao's health was excellent; thus he and the doctor had time to discuss political and personal matters. Dr. Li recorded many of these conversations in his diaries as well as in his memory. In The Private Life of Chairman Mao he vividly reconstructs his extraordinary experience. The result is a book that will profoundly alter our view of Chairman Mao and of China under his rule. Dr. Li clarifies numerous long-standing puzzles, such as the true nature of Mao's feelings toward the United States and the Soviet Union. He describes Mao's deliberate rudeness toward Khrushchev when the Soviet leader paid his secret visit to Beijing in 1958, and we learn here, for the first time, how Mao came to invite the American table tennis team to China, a decision that led to Nixon's historic visit a few months later. We also learn why Mao took the disastrous Great Leap Forward, which resulted in the worst famine in recorded history, and his equally strange reason for risking war with the United States by shelling the Taiwanese islands of Quemoy and Matsu. Dr. Li supplies surprising portraits of Zhou Enlai and many other top leaders. He describes Mao's perverse relationship with his wife, and gives us insight into the sexual politics of Mao's court. We witness Mao's bizarre death and the even stranger events that followed it. Dr. Li tells of Mao's remarkable gift for intimacy, as well as of his indifference to the suffering and deaths of millions of his fellow Chinese, including old comrades. Readers will find here a full and accurate account of Mao's sex life, and of such personal details as his peculiar sleeping arrangements and his dependency on barbiturates.

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Maybe from a literary and political point of view this book does not offer much. But for me it was exactly what I was looking for, a bare-it-all, real life peek into Mao's private life. Just as the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Reading this book is a huge investment of time. Didn't realize how long it was before getting it from the library. Personally this book was enjoyable. Thought provoking about politics, interactions with doctors and China. Vollständige Rezension lesen


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Über den Autor (1994)

Anne F. Thurston is a longtime China specialist and senior research professor at the Johns Hopkins University s School of Advanced International Studies. She has written widely about China and has spent some ten years there since her first visit in 1978. Since 2003 she has been working in Tibetan areas of China and currently directs a cooperative program with Tibetan NGOs in Qinghai, the home province of Gyalo Thondup and the Dalai Lama. She served as the ghostwriter for the worldwide bestselling 1994 book "The Private Life of Chairman Mao", the story by Mao s personal physician, Li Zhisui, of life inside the communist party chairman s imperial court. Her other books include "Enemies of the People", based on interviews with people who were victims of Mao s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, and "A Chinese Odyssey", about a Chinese dissident in the late 1970s. An article she wrote for the "Atlantic Monthly "about orphanages in China has contributed to far-reaching changes in China s treatment of abandoned children.

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