The most revealing book ever published on Mao, perhaps on any dictator in history.”—Professor Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University. supported the movement to establish people's communes. Chairman Mao was right. People's communes were great. Returning by train to Beidaihe, Mao was. The private life of Chairman Mao: the memoirs of Mao's personal physician. byLi, Zhisui Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files.
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The Private Life of Chairman Mao: The Memoirs of Mao's Personal Physician is a memoir by Li .. Choi, WK (). "Book Reviews - Mao's Last Revolution" (pdf). Buy The Private Life of Chairman Mao on vitecek.info ✓ FREE SHIPPING on qualified orders. The private life of Chairman Mao by Li, Zhisui; 5 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Heads of state, Biography, History, Accessible book.
Boxid IA City New York. Donor friendsofthesanfranciscopubliclibrary. Edition 1st pbk. External-identifier urn: Extramarc University of Toronto.
Identifier-ark ark: Isbn Lccn Openlibrary OLM. Pages Ppi Related-external-id urn: Scandate Scanner scribe Scanningcenter shenzhen. This is one of the best China books I've read and I've read about 50 of them.
It's long and very involved, but written in a clear and fluid style. It is, quite simply, fascinating; brimful with interesting episodes and tidbits impossible to find anywhere else. Details about Mao's illnesses, drug addictions, sex life, and death are particularly salient, while figures and topics you can find in nearly any China book Jiang Qing, Lin Biao, the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, etc.
Penned by an erudite and Western-educated man who saw and spoke with the chairman nearly every day he was in power, the Private Life of Chairman Mao is more engaging than most "standard" Mao biographies, which is, of course, because it is a first-hand, behind-the-scenes account. It may take you a while to get through it, and you may wish to supplement it with one of those "standard" biographies, but if you've got a bit of mental stamina or consider yourself a serious China watcher, this narrative is a must.
Nov 27, Dr Zorlak rated it it was amazing Shelves: I "borrowed" this book from a hotel library in Playa del Carmen last summer. I just finished it today. I relished it. I see so many of the behaviors described here reenacted in our current cultural wars, especially among my liberal brethren.
The same obsession with ideological purity, the same appetite for purges, for branding as a "counterrevolutionary" whoever does not toe the line. The word has changed, though, and been substituted by many others.
I'll leave it to you, kind reader, to figure I "borrowed" this book from a hotel library in Playa del Carmen last summer. I'll leave it to you, kind reader, to figure out which ones I mean.
Mao, like Fidel, like Hitler, like Franco, like Mussolini, was a big child coddled by childish and frightened masses. And as incompetent, self-indulgent, megalomaniac, and arrogant as the rest of them.
Dr Zhisui narrates the gradually unfolding nightmare of a 'ish totalitarian dystopia where dissent, in deed, word, and thought, was proscribed, and where friendships, casual support, and tenuous social ties were minutely tallied and recorded to better recompense, or punish, members of the party.
A scenario of crippling claustrophobia that reached its climax during the hysterical Cultural Revolution. Lady Macbeth is a nun in a convent compared to the stifling, ambitious, venomous Jiang Qing, a character that will stay with me against my will, like one of those terrible songs that play in a loop in your brain and slowly drive you insane.
Next up, Jung Chang's Mao: The Untold Story. This book is flawed in many respects. First, its author is an admitted naif as re politics, history, psychology etc. Although he delves into such perspectives, he doesn't get much beyond the surface. Second, as he also admits, his class background was bourgeois, his exposure to the lives of ordinary Chinese only coming late in his career.
Third, he only entered the scene late, after the revolution. Fourth, having burned his original notes, his memoir is based on memory. All of those consideration This book is flawed in many respects. All of those considerations notwithstanding, I found this lengthy account a page-turner. While only skimming the major events of the period of the late forties to the mid-seventies, it did serve as a welcome refresher. The medical details are, of course, invaluable, given the author's expertise and privileged position.
The personal details about the Chinese leadership and the politics of their "court" were intriguing. The whole thing came across, for me at least, as a meditation about how power can corrupt. Although publicity for this book seems to emphasize Mao's sex life, Dr.
Li really doesn't offer any purient detail. He found it more offensive than interesting. Oct 15, Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing. The green-dicked Mao Apr 28, Lucille rated it it was ok.
View 1 comment. Aug 23, Sheng Peng rated it it was amazing. I liked House of Cards, but I love this book! Breathtaking power struggles filled to the brim. It would not be a cake walk for a non-Chinese to fully appreciate this book, but it should definitely be no harder to read than the Lord of the Rings. Only the traitors more traitorous and monsters more monstrous.
It's easy to take the moral high ground and pass judgement on Mao here, but I think I could easily have done worse had I had held the Ring myself. Aug 07, Mary rated it really liked it. Interesting read - I'd recommend this. One anecdote that stood out to me is how when Mao traveled by train during the famine, the local governments moved all the crops in the fields and put them near the train tracks so it seemed like they were having a plentiful harvest.
In the process, they basically killed the few crops they had left. Overall, pretty crazy reading about how detached from reality he was. Also, having your personal doctor write a novel about you must be pretty devastating. Defin Interesting read - I'd recommend this. Definitely a few TMI moments here. Jul 10, Arun Mahalingam rated it really liked it Shelves: As the recommendation from jayalalitha former CM of TN,India to her doctor, i came to know about this book.
Most of the time when i read this book, i can correlate the incident to her life also. Mao is really a giant himself, whose mood can rejig the the vast nation china. Though he made many mistakes, his way of politics - Keep the balance in second rung leader- always keep them in clash among them self- is greatly helped him to sustain the power for long period. This doctor could have had a comfortable and fulfilling life but chose to join the spirit of the new China.
He, like so many idealistic youth, went back to China as some went to Russia after its revolution to join the "new society" only to be buried in a world created by the revolutionaries in whom they had put their trust. Li's suffering was made meaningful in his writing this book. Some of the things that This doctor could have had a comfortable and fulfilling life but chose to join the spirit of the new China.
Some of the things that were most striking to me are: Li accompanies Mao to his hometown, Mao tells him how his father, a minor but comfortable landowner, beat him and his brothers so badly that he would run away. Recently I had read how Fidel Castro, was humiliated by living in the workers' homes on the property where his father lived in the "big house" with his legal wife and family.
Years ago I had read of Stalin's abuse at the hand of his stepfather. These bright, talented and unwanted sons turned their anger, resentment and hostility on millions of victims. The facts of the Great Leap Forward imply ignorance, but Dr.
Li defines the know-it-all way it got started, grew, got implemented and institutionalized.
With science meaningless, Mao's medical treatment was a political decision, and the doctor knew he would suffer when death eventually came. The people setting the dynamics had not only the education of third graders, they had the emotional maturity of them too. Slights and unwanted facts create temper tantrums and grudges lethal to the inhabitants of Zhongnanhai and disastrous for China. Li was expected to know about everything from water quality, to the poisons in food to dentistry and given no opportunities for professional development.
When convenient this knowledge was used, but never applauded. For all his troubles Dr. Li was banished to the countryside 3 times and often intentionally separated from his family. It must have been both painful and cathartic to write this book.
I'm curious how his sons got to the US. This is a must read for anyone interested in 20th century China. View all 7 comments. The most memorable part of this biography which I remember to this day are the salacious details of the ballroom dances organized for Mao's benefit with poor innocent country girls, whose parents were only too happy to make whatever contribution they could for the benefit of Chairman Mao.
Refusing treatment for his VDs, Li his personal doctor would have to prescribe antibiotics to all the girls that he slept with. Who would have thought even someone like Chairman Mao?
Pretty sure this one wasn The most memorable part of this biography which I remember to this day are the salacious details of the ballroom dances organized for Mao's benefit with poor innocent country girls, whose parents were only too happy to make whatever contribution they could for the benefit of Chairman Mao.
Pretty sure this one wasn't in the communist party doctrine anywhere. Aug 17, Raj Sinha rated it really liked it. This is a must-read book for all those who are curious about Mao, China, socialism, communism et al. The myth is revealed in its fullest, most shocking detail. The myth about Mao's greatness and the utopia that has eluded and will continue to elude all those who sincerely believe in the basic tenets of collective governance.
Mao was a monster, a debauch, a hypocrite and filthy even in the literal sense. For example, he never brushed his teeth which were covered by green and black plaque and he This is a must-read book for all those who are curious about Mao, China, socialism, communism et al. For example, he never brushed his teeth which were covered by green and black plaque and he never bathed though he sometimes swam.
Here are a few snapshots: Zhou literally shat in his pants in front of all those senior party members who were attending the conference - he was so fearful of the factional aftermath. He died not much thereafter. And when the "emperor" travelled precious paddy plants were uprooted from wherever they could be found and replanted on the barren lands that lined Mao's route! False steel outputs were reported by melting spoons and knives all over the Chinese country-sides in the back yards of peasants' dwelling places to 'manufacture' knives and spoons!!
Its a wonder to me that that no mayhem followed Mao's ultimate death and China did not balkanize, there was so much factionalism and so many swings in power centers. After its release he announced that he had even more to reveal which he planned to do through his second book.
But he died soon after reportedly under mysterious circumstances. The book is longish but quite unputdownable. Sep 15, blakeR rated it it was ok Shelves: However, Qi was an unrepentant Maoist, and after prison he moved to Shanghai and continued to express support for Maoist doctrine. Ye Yonglie, a writer who befriended Qi, remarked upon Qi's death: Riding the Tiger during the Cultural Revolution that despite Li's extensive claims regarding the politics behind the Cultural Revolution, he was actually "on the fringe" of the events taking place in the Chinese government.
He went on to criticise the book as being overtly and polemically "anti-Mao", being "uncritical" in its outlook and being "dependent on the official sources" to create a picture of the revolution. He characterised Li's book as offering nothing new but "recycling widely available information and interpretations". The Private Life of Chairman Mao was presented as revealing new information about Mao, but historian Mobo Gao has argued, "For those who are familiar with the literature in Chinese, there was in fact very little that was really new in the book when it hit the Western market.
For the significant figures and events described in Li's book, memoirs and biographies published previously in China and Hong Kong have revealed as much, if not more. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved The New York Times. Mao's Doctor Reveals the Naked Truth". Foreign Affairs. The Christian Science Monitor.
Daily News. DeBorja, Q. Dong eds Manufacturing History: New York: China Study Group. CS1 maint: Extra text: The Battle for China's Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution.
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