The greatest biography yet written on the man who made China
Philip Short was for thirty years a foreign correspondent for the BBC, based in Washington, Moscow, Paris, Tokyo and Beijing. He lived and worked in China for two decades in the 1970s and 1980s, and has returned regularly to the country ever since. He is the author of acclaimed biographies of Mitterrand (A Study in Ambiguity, Random House, 2013) and Pol Pot (Anatomy of a Nightmare, Henry Holt, 2006).
'Beautifully written, grippingly readable ... A formidable piece of research' - Independent; 'Wonderfully readable ... He tells the story superbly ... It is an excellent account' - Guardian; 'Impressive and important' - Independent on Sunday; 'Philip Short's excellent Mao: A Life deserves to be the standard history. It is everything one could hope for: magisterial, beautifully written, excellently printed, and rich in material - John Simpson, Sunday Telegraph; 'Well researched, rich in detail, and beautifully written ... An illuminating and accessible portrait' - Conor O'Clery, The Irish Times; 'It will be a long time ... before there is a Chinese biography of Mao this is as complete and unflinching as ...Mr Short's. The scenes behind the key moments in Mao's life are vividly painted, in a way only a journalist well travelled in China could do.' - Sunday Times