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By Lee Feigon

In recent times historians and political observers have vilified Mao Tse-tung and put 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 by means of the activities and guidelines of an identical Soviet-style Communist bureaucrats he got here to hate and tried to dispose of. Mr. Feigon argues that the pursuits for which Mao is nearly universally condemned today—the nice breakthrough and particularly the Cultural Revolution—were in lots of methods useful for the chinese language humans. They pressured China to wreck with its Stalinist earlier and prepared the ground for its nice financial and political strides lately. whereas now not glossing over Mao's error, a few of which had heinous outcomes, Mr. Feigon contends that Mao could be mostly praised for lots of of his later efforts—such because the assaults he started to point within the past due Nineteen Fifties on these bureaucrats liable for the various difficulties that proceed to plague China this present 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 past efforts. while so much experiences compliment the Mao of the Thirties and Forties as an unique and self reliant philosopher, Mr. Feigon contends that in this era his rules and activities have been rather ordinary—but that he depended even more on Stalin's aid than has been stated. Mao: A Reinterpretation seeks a extra proficient viewpoint on the most vital political leaders of the 20 th century.

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