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Mao: The Unknown Story Jung Chang and Jon Halliday New York, AlfredKnopf, 2005.
Moderators:I am not sure if this topic will fly in this forum, but I do not see why it should not in that Mao is regularly vilified in these forum pages in the same virulent way as Jung and Halliday vilify Mao, and even if not more so in recent posts in Talk to China Daily.
This 2005 book is banned in China, and for my own part I believe that this slanderous, badly written and self-serving book should be thrown straight in the dustbin. It creates itself from the same story as even Edgar Snow portrays when writing about his interviews with Mao and if one reads the two books ‘Mao: The Unknown Story’ and ‘Red Star over China’ together, then one finds there is little difference except Jung and Halliday superimpose their own thoughts and comments, and in addition extemporize to no doubt help the willingly complicit readers to loathe their target in the same overtly obvious way as the authors.
In other words, the authors use speculation and derive implication based on their own hatred and bias to influence the reader to believe that the communist revolution of China was won by an unwashed, womanizing, bigoted, corrupt, incompetent, wooley-minded person and his equally foul unscrupulous cronies and cliques. All this is the face of the massive support ($3 billion) given by the US to rid China of the creeping menace of communism. JH make a point of focusing on their loathing of Mao throughout the book and completely ignore any positive legacy of the communist revolution on the lives on the people such as mortality, education, women’s rights, land-distribution and freeing China from external foreign control.
In addition, despite the west’s unhealthy loathing of China’s politics (communism) that China has become a force to be reckoned with in not only world-power but also is a formidable economic force. Or 'the Chinese have stood up'.
For this book I would first like to look at the extremely poor and non-academic methods employed by Jung and Halliday (despite the 150 pages of supposedcitation, mostly inaccessible) in the opening pages of the first few chapters (God knows they were bad enough) and then move on to some of the monumental anomalies (17 that are identified) presented by the authors which show that their credibility for this work is lacking in veracity.
On top of this I will also present some critiques of the book which help to show that this book is nothing short of a confusing and poorly written work which has been praised in the western media and thus showing that even the supposed 'free-press' are nothing more than political mouth-pieces feeding the sheeple. Here we might use the term 'Mushroom-Press', where people are kept in th dark and fed sh1t .........
For brevity: Jung Chang (JC), Jon Halliday (JH), Jung and Halliday (JH), Mao: The Unknown Story (MUS), Edgar Snow (ES), Red Star over China (RSC).
More to follow .........
Edited to rectify an invalid clause ......