This book has revealed the very dark side of Mao. Though facts cannot be well verified, yet, it is inspiring as a reference. No doubt, Mao is a monster, however, seems Ms Chang has not dug at the same time reason for mao's rise. Ms Chang has described in a large extent circumstances of Mao's success to power, but has down played his charm. In my opinion, the content is a bit off balance. Yes, Mao has a fearful character. Yet, he had only one close call to assassination. Thanks to his ultra strict security or pity on the ignorance of the chinese!...Continua
書裡的內容, 的確是作者辛苦到處走訪, 加上參考其他作家著作蒐集而來, 是官方歷史沒有說出的那一面.
但我想從書中可以看出, 作者之一因為自己的親身經歷, 相當痛惡毛, 以致大量出現了個人的感情口吻.
而且整本書看完, 作者一直想表示, 毛並不具備領袖能力, 也不擅於激勵人心的演講,也無外語能力, 只會耍權謀.
但我好奇的是, 毛從一個底層黨員, 一路爬到成為中國的領袖, 這麼多有才幹的部下誓死跟隨, 必定有他的能力及魅力, 這點從書裡從頭到尾都看不出來, 實在很可惜.
其中我很欣賞的一段, 是毛引用紅樓夢的一段話, 或許可以解釋毛想革命的原因, 這本書仍是相當有參考價值.
Well, read this text to try and gain a better understanding of China and its turbulent journey through the 20th century.
Written by novelist Jung 'Wild Swans' Chang, this text is a remarkable, well-researched, shocking account of the hubris, and ultimately nemesis, of Mao Tse-tung. Its also a weighty tome, but reads like a cracking story - its a shame that the death, destruction and Machiavellian political scheming, all actually happened. And the legacy remains; many of China's current policies of centralised planning, dissident suppression, and a desire to stand against the West, were initiated by Mao.
The book leaves you with a much better insight into Mao and his works, but also a sad reminder of man's inhumanity to man....Continua
historical accuracy is not its main selling point, I suppose?
If you're someone who travels a lot, this book is lengthy enough to keep you occupied while sitting in airports all across the world.
Although I purchased the book in NYC, I found that I read a good part of it while sitting in a Texas airport one summer day. May have been a mistake (??) to do so, as quite a few people looked my way, perhaps suggesting that I am a Communist? Not sure. I could be wrong.
Yet, even though my heritage is mostly Russian and I appreciate the history of Russia, China, and the relationship between the two Giants, I'm no Communist. Still, if you want to know more about the present-day global relationships that countries like R & C & the USA share, this is a great book to read. It's grounded in history, and the past is KEY to understanding the Now and the Forevermore.
Definitely a looooong book -- and the latter half (all about strategies employed during Mao's military battles) may appeal to some more than others. Will keep you reading well into the five-hour delays at LaGuardia, LAX and O'Hare....Continua