|The new emperors : China in the era of Mao and Deng|
|Author||Salisbury, Harrison Evans, 1908-1993|
|Pub. Location||Boston, MA||Publisher||Little, Brown and Company|
|Date||1992||Phys. Desc.||xi, 544 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.|
|Location||Dir. Office Gallery||Call Number||DS778.A1 S426 1992|
|Harrison E. Salisbury.|
"Having visited their birthplaces and talked with neighbors and relatives, Salisbury traces the origins of the new emperors, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. The work explores the inner world of Mao, Deng, Zhou Enlai, Lin Biao, Liu Shaoqi, and the other great Communist generals who drove Chiang Kaishek from the mainland and in 1949 established a new, peasant dynasty.
Their story is a hair-raising tale of intrigue played out by Mao Zedong and his associates within the secret pleasure gardens of Zhongnanhai, the maze of palaces in Beijing originally created by Kublai Khan and first reported by Marco Polo. The author presents the first map the West has seen of contemporary Zhongnanhai and the residences of Mao and his companions.
Salisbury carefully reconstructs the extraordinary and deadly duel of the Communist dictators--Mao and Josef Stalin--Stalin's intrigues to vanquish Mao, and Mao's vain hope of freeing himself from Moscow's menace. The astonishing motive behind the Korean war is revealed--a bizarre plot by Stalin to embroil China in a battle with the United States.
As he surveys the convulsive events that shaped modern China--the Nationalist-Communist civil war, the Communist takeover, the Cultural Revolution--Salisbury focuses on Mao and Deng and their complex relationship."--From jacket flap
Includes bibliographical references (p. -529) and index.