Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

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It's hard to imagine any fictional villain half as fiendish as the real-life warlords, tyrants, and pirates in these new Wicked biographies. Bet you can't read just one!

He presented himself as a man of the people and promised to turn the most populous country on earth into a worker's paradise. But the reality of life in Mao Zedong's Communist China was a different story entirely, marked by widespread famine and inhumane policies that cost tens of millions of lives.

Publisher: New York : Franklin Watts, [2010], ©2010
ISBN: 9780531223567
0531223566
9780531207567
0531207560
Branch Call Number: 921 Mao
Description: 128 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 19 cm

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tonyalanjeffers
Jul 29, 2015

I learned a lot about Mao Zedong and about the Communist Revolution in China that I did not know. It is instructive to learn that all the Communist Revolutions first the Bolshevik in Russia then China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia and Cuba resulted in much worst dictatorships than the ones they ousted. The leaders pretended to follow Karl Marx's idealistic plan and instead grabbed power and wealth for themselves.
If one was interested enough he or she might want to study Marx's actual teaching and see if he did indeed make some provision for this possibility. One might want to consider reading George Orwell's wonderful little fantasy "Animal Farm" it is obvious after having read both Stalin and Mao from this wonderful Scholastic series of Wicked Histories where he got his true life inspiration.
As with all the Scholastic Wicked History books this short overview of Mao's life and impact on history is excellent for a Junior High or High school report.
The book only lightly touches on China's developing an atomic bomb. I for one would love to read another book with details about how China did that.

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