Mao The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

Mao The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday
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I finally have my hands on Jung Changs Mao Biography.
I have been on the wait list at the library for a couple weeks, and last week it showed up.
I won’t take the time now to fully review it as I have not finished reading it yet, but I have been struck by a couple of things.
First, Mao was not a die hard Marxist. He was instead an opportunistic poser who looked at politics, especially communist politics as being his ticket to a life of leisure and womanizing. He treated his wives and children with contempt and disdain and made this scripture from the Book of Mormon come to mind when I was reading last night.
Helamen 7:5
“Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness, letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and the glory of the world, and moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills.”
Mao’s whole personal philosophy was tied up in absolute and complete selfishness. He was only looking out for number one, and killed millions to make sure he was able to live according to his own will.
It’s been somewhat nauseating to read the realities of what one evil man was able to do, but I feel compelled to continue reading. The text is easy to follow, and the authors have done an incredible job of distilling the information down to a readable narrative. I’ll blog more about it when I finish it.
Jenny Hatch
Mao The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

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