|Title||A Critical Introduction to Mao|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Journal||JOURNAL OF EAST ASIAN STUDIES|
|Keywords||Asian history, Book reviews, Books, Chinese history, Essays, Intellectuals, INTERDISCIPLINARY, SOCIAL SCIENCES|
A similar trend has emerged in recent scholarship on contemporary Chinese history with accounts that cast Mao in an exceptionally negative light, such as the highly distorted and unrelenting Mao: The Untold Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, historian Frank Dikotter 's defamatory Mao's Great Famine, and Mao's personal physician Li Zhisui's book on Mao's private life. The next four chapters analyze Mao as a historical figure and examine his life in chronologically focused essays, which begin with the world in which Mao lived, the period between 1937 and 1956 that "formed the defining period in Mao's life," his struggles within the Party (Wang Ming and the pro-Soviet Returned Scholars) and without (China's failed transition to socialist modernity), and his controversial policies as supreme leader of a reunified China (p. 109).