Mao Tse-Tung and His China (Viking, 1989)

Mao Tse-Tung and His China

Albert Marrin

Peasant, poet, student, teacher, soldier, leader of a revolution-Mao Tse-Tung was all these and with the establishment of a united communist republic, Mao would play his last role: tyrant. Born a peasant’s son, he wanted more than a poor man’s life for himself and for his country. Albert Marrin tells a story of one of history’s most compelling and complex figures, and of the ancient nation he transformed.


Marrin consistently produces exceptional nonfiction. His lucid and dramatic chronicle makes sense of a tumultuous period in China.