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From humble origins in the provinces, Mao rose to absolute power, unifying with an iron fist a vast country torn apart by years of weak leadership, foreign imperialism and war. In this sharply drawn account, Jonathan Spence brings to life this modern day emperor and the tumultuous era that he did so much to shape. He presents Mao as ‘Lord of Misrule’ who deliberately turned upside down the traditional hierarchies of Chinese society.
Author: Jonathan Spence