• Mao Zedong

  • A Captivating Guide to the Life of a Chairman of the Communist Party of China, the Cultural Revolution and the Political Theory of Maoism
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Duke Holm
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-25-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Captivating History
  • 5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Explore the captivating life of Mao Zedong.

Mao Zedong is recognized alongside Chiang Kai-Shek and Sun Yat-Sen as one of the most influential figures of modern Chinese history. His political control of the nation waned during his later years, but he remained the Chairman of the Community Party of China since it was established in 1949 to the day he died on September 9, 1976. As the founding father of the People’s Republic of China and the centerpiece of one of the world’s most intense personality cults, the extent of his influence is difficult to understate.

Today, Mao’s legacy can inspire slavish devotion, outright condemnation, as well as, a hesitance to look too closely at the negative aspects of his legacy. The fact that his influence spanned over nearly three decades also makes it difficult to arrive at a holistic understanding of his impact on China. The official line from the Community Party of China, which was popularized by Deng Xiaoping, is that Mao was “70 percent correct and 30 percent wrong”.

This biography details Mao’s remarkable journey from being the son of a peasant to one of modern history’s greatest - and highly polarizing - leaders. It aims to provide a better understanding of Mao as a person and to try to unpack the personality traits and personal experiences that shaped his worldview and actions.

Some of the topics covered in this audiobook include: 

  • Early life
  • Political awakenings
  • Beijing
  • May Fourth and the New Culture Movement
  • The Communist Party of China’s growing pains
  • The Northern expedition
  • Communists at large
  • The Long March
  • The People’s Republic of China
  • The Great Leap Forward
  • The Cultural Revolution
  • What Did Maoism stand for?
  • And much more!

Get the audiobook now and learn more about Mao Zedong!

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In-Depth Account

A real, in depth account of Mao from the view of his personal physician. I don't think there is any other point of view that can capture this leader's horrendous acts and thought process.

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Lovely Edition

He may have started out fresh: idealistic, courageous, etc. But like a fruit, deteriorated once victory was won. Mao was the classic example of the adage; absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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Pulled The Curtain

This was a surprisingly engrossing book. It pulled the curtain back on one of the most consequential figures of the 20th century and provided insight into the Chinese culture and citizenry.

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Enter in the world of China

A timeless warning with regard to human nature. Shows what is happening when people taste power and learn to exercise it.

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Outstanding

Outstanding. A rare glimpse into the mind of an astonishingly strange, fascinating and impressive. Recommended....

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Very Informative

Very informative. Proves the adage that great power corrupts those whom have no balancing counter forces.

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Great Insight

This book brings to light lots of details that you never would have imagined about Mao and the government at that time. I think it is pretty much a must have for any person or scholar who is interested in that part of China's history.

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EXCELLENT! Most thorough and revealing account of any of China's great leaders. A must has for those interest in world affairs, Asia, and especially, Mao.

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Great Leader

This book tells me the sociopathic nature of the great chairman who was a great leader indeed.

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One Must Listen It

This book is a really good one. You learn a lot about Mao's personal life and the writing is brilliant and really fast paced. However, it does need to be analyzed for the full effect.

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  • Ed Moffatt
  • 07-03-18

Poor writing, poorly read

Writing too often resorts to lists, narrator phrases weirdly and distractingly! Struggled with this one!

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  • Rory Liam
  • 05-09-18

Good guide

If you are eager to know about Mao the China's leader than this book is a good choibe for you. Grab it and start your journey...

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  • Aria
  • 05-09-18

History You Must Know

This book is really well-written and the subject has been described really good. Good job done by the narrator as well. I liked it.

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  • James
  • 05-09-18

Something Good

This book was bought because I desperately needed the references for a paper I'm writing in Chinese History. Thankfully, this book has supplied a great deal of reference material about the Chairman. Thank you.

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  • Caleb
  • 05-09-18

Biography

A cross between a biography and an auto biography and endlessly fascinating. I have read quite a few books on China, many good and a few not so good, but is one of the best.

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  • Scarlett Tom
  • 05-09-18

Perfect Vantage

The author had a perfect vantage point from which to watch the early days of Communism in China, moving from the idealism of the early days to the paranoia and cynicism of Mao's later days.

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  • Jude
  • 05-09-18

Informative Work

It is an informative work if you are interested in Chinese culture or the person of Mao. But, it turns out the Chairman was just a pathetic excuse for a human.

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  • Black A
  • 05-09-18

So Far So Good

I once respected Mao for his socialist visions. Now I know the truth: He was just a blundering buffoon who was not qualified to run a Car-wash, let alone a country.

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  • Nathan Jack
  • 05-09-18

The Facts I didn't Know Before

Simple, elegant prose, matter of fact narrative turns into a tragedy of soul aloneness and paranoia. We didn't know this MAO.

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  • Sophia Nur
  • 05-09-18

I Actually Enjoyed It

I started listening to this book with only moderate interest. It quickly grabbed me and consumed pretty much all free time I had until it was completed. It is well written and does an incredible job of bringing you into the world of Chairman Mao and the on-goings in China during the Mao years.