“Mao possessed a terrible weapon, the ruthlessness. In 1948 he moved to the city of Changchun in Manchuria, and when the direct assault to conquer it failed, he was given the order to force her to surrender by starvation. On 30 May, the field commander Lin Biao said, word for word: Turn Changchun in a city of death.
There is a wave of curiosity by the Western world, to China; to the fore in all the newspapers for what it is a new great leap forward in the economy, a plethora of cultural activities, an export of goods and ideas.
It is not a coincidence that, forty years after the death of Mao Tse-tung, have been published more or less simultaneously three books around the figure of the Great Helmsman, the biography of the American Philip Short Mao. Read the rest of this entry »