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By Lee Feigon

In recent times historians and political observers have vilified Mao Tse-tung and positioned him in a category with tyrants like Hitler and Stalin. yet, as Lee Feigon issues out in his startling revision of Mao, the chinese language chief has been tainted via the activities and regulations of a similar Soviet-style Communist bureaucrats he got here to hate and tried to dispose of. Mr. Feigon argues that the activities for which Mao is sort of universally condemned today—the nice step forward and particularly the Cultural Revolution—were in lots of methods priceless for the chinese language humans. They compelled China to damage with its Stalinist previous and prepared the ground for its nice monetary and political strides lately. whereas now not glossing over Mao's blunders, a few of which had heinous effects, Mr. Feigon contends that Mao might be principally praised for plenty of of his later efforts—such because the assaults he started to point within the past due Nineteen Fifties on these bureaucrats chargeable for some of the difficulties that proceed to plague China this day. In reevaluating Mao's contributions, this interpretive research reverses the hot curve of feedback, seeing Mao's late-in-life contributions to the chinese language revolution extra favorably whereas taking a extra serious view of his prior efforts. while such a lot reports compliment the Mao of the Thirties and Forties as an unique and self sufficient philosopher, Mr. Feigon contends that in this era his rules and activities have been really ordinary—but that he depended even more on Stalin's support than has been stated. Mao: A Reinterpretation seeks a extra proficient viewpoint on some of the most vital political leaders of the 20 th century.

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