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‘Groundbreaking’ Jung Chang Book Soon to Release

Biographer Jung Chang, author of the widely-translated and critically-acclaimed 1991 family history Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, will be publishing her latest work in October of this year. The upcoming biography tells...

The Premature Ending of The Unknown Mao – EastSouthWestNorth

From the EastSouthWestNorth blog (link): The Chinese-language edition of “Mao: The Unknown Story” by Chinese writer Jung Chang and her husband was originally scheduled to be released in May. Recently, the news came out that the project has been aborted. The chairman of Yuanliou Publishing Company Wang Jung-Wen announced that he has abandoned the effort […]

I’m So Ronery – Geremie R. Barm√©

The following was first published in The China Journal, No. 55, January 2006. An excerpt from this article also appeared in the CDT Bookshelf. Thanks to Mr. Barm√© for allowing CDT to republish it in its entirety here. I’M SO RONERY Geremie R. Barm√© He’s Back With the accession of Hu Jintao to the dual […]

CDT Bookshelf: Geremie R. Barm√© comments on “Mao: The Unknown Story”

For the CDT Bookshelf, China Digital Times invites experts on China to recommend a book to CDT readers. This month, Geremie R. Barm√©, Professor, Division of Pacific and Asian History, Australian National University, comments on “Mao: The Unknown Story” by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, Alfred A. Knopf 2005. The following is a short excerpt […]

Interview with Jung Chang and Jon Halliday – Michael Krasny

On KQED’s Forum program, host Michael Krasny interviews author Jung Chang and historian Jon Halliday, co-authors of “Mao: The Unknown Story.” You can listen live to the program on the KQED site. The audio archive should be available on the site later today.

‘Mao’: The Real Mao – Nicholas D. Kristof

From the New York Times: If Chairman Mao had been truly prescient, he would have located a little girl in Sichuan Province named Jung Chang and “mie jiuzu”- killed her and wiped out all her relatives to the ninth degree. But instead that girl grew up, moved to Britain and has now written a biography […]

China’s Monster, Second to None – Michiko Kakutani

From the New York Times: In their new book, “Mao: The Unknown Story,” Jung Chang and Jon Halliday make an impassioned case for Mao as the most monstrous tyrant ever. They argue that he was responsible for “well over 70 million deaths in peacetime, more than any other 20th-century leader,” and they argue that “he […]

A swan’s little book of ire – Hamish McDonald

From the Sydney Morning Herald: A tiny widow aged 85 living in two rooms, an electric rice-cooker her only modern appliance, may be a crucial witness to a dispute involving Jung Chang, the wealthy Chinese author of the worldwide bestseller Wild Swans. The dispute is one of many being picked up by some of the […]

CDT Bookshelf: Richard Baum recommends “Mao: The Unknown Story”

For the CDT Bookshelf, China Digital Times invites experts on China to recommend a book to CDT readers. This month, Richard Baum, Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, recommends Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, Jonathan Cape, 2005 (to be published in the […]

Letter from Asia: Sometimes being crazy is just part of the plan – Howard French

From the International Herald Tribune: A revealing book has just been published about a closed and secretive East Asian country that devotes a huge portion of its budget to developing nuclear weapons, even as millions of its people starve to death… Readers should be forgiven for guessing that the book in question concerns North Korea, […]



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