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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (17 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780674058156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674058156
  • ASIN: 0674058151
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,040,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a masterful synthesis of the literature on Mao Zedong s China and of Walder s own extensive sociological research. He combines Mao-centered political history with close attention to the organizational characteristics of the Communist Party, which explain its responsiveness to Mao Zedong s often disastrous initiatives. In the author s view, Mao was a rigidly dogmatic leader with extremely narrow and outdated ideas. The book is replete with similarly incisive judgments. These will no doubt provoke controversy, but in the end, they are likely to be accepted. --Thomas P. Bernstein, Columbia University"

"There are those in China and abroad who allege that equality of livelihood was also a significant Maoist success. But the opposite was true and Walder convincingly shows that the effect of Maoist inequalities still distorts China today. Fascinatingly, in a world where the words China miracle are commonplace, Walder notes that while income inequality skyrocketed in post-Mao China , in the Maoist years grinding rural poverty was still widespread [...] In what will be a mind-opening book for many (and is a depressing reminder for others) Andrew Walder shows that in the decades after Mao, China began the long process of recovering from the damage of his misrule. " --Spectator

"Andrew Walder s account of Mao s time in power is detailed, sophisticated and powerful [...] There is still much more to understand about the bond between Mao and the wider population. As we try to understand that bond, there will be few better guides than Andrew Walder s book. Sober, measured, meticulous in every deadly detail, it is an essential assessment of one of the world s most important revolutions. -- Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Andrew G. Walder is Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor of Sociology, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University.

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