Shocking! — 1 year ago
Following the commercial success of her best-selling family biography, Wild Swans, Chinese author Jung Chang felt confident enough to tackle the life of China’s most hated – and loved – leader: Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong. Chang alleges that Mao was hardly the brilliant military strategist and patriotic rebel that revisionist Chinese propaganda portrays him as, but rather an opportunistic, hypocritical, bumbling and bloodthirsty killer who climbed China’s political ladder upon the bodies of tens of millions of innocent civilians. Faulted for lacking proper citations or irrefutable evidence, even if just half of this controversial biography is true, then we can be sure that Mao Zedong is in a very warm place right about now.