Mao: The Unknown Story, by Jung Chang, Jon Halliday

The book discusses a life of stunning cruelty and questions how Chinese society has coped with the issue of complicity.

What's the connection between Lily, the pretty Chinese student in Paris currently facing jail for industrial espionage and 'Mao The Unknown Story', the new biography of Mao by Jung Chang and John Halliday

Perhaps it is the argument by CCTV commentators on the 'Lily' case that foreigners need to understand that China is peace-loving nation and not interested in fomenting international tensions.

That is probably quite true, at least for the moment. But while Western audiences are exposed to works like Mao The unknown story it will be difficult for them to agree.

Most people should know by now that the book reveals...

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