Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mao: Jung Chang

Hard to imagine a better biography of the Chairperson than this, produced by someone bi-lingual in English and Chinese, with the resources and prestige to interview everyone from presidents to peasants. A chilling commentary on the way that political chaos leads to the most ruthless operator rising to the top. This is why there'll always be dictators and why (as C S Lewis observed) they are all the same.

1 comment:

Gorilla Bananas said...

I suppose you needed something to sober you up after Douglas Adams and PG Wodehouse.