1444 Mao The Unknown Story disk 1 by Jung Chang and Jon
Halliday. This podcast covers the early years as a boy and young
This is a
replay of ACU show 87
of a BIG Book: 5 Things You'll Learn from Mao: The Unknown
1. Mao became a Communist at the age of 27 for
purely pragmatic reasons: a job and income from the Russians.
2. Far from organizing the Long March in 1934, Mao
was nearly left behind by his colleagues who could not stand him
and had tried to oust him several times. The aim of the March was
to link up with Russia to get arms. The Reds survived the March
because Chiang Kai-shek let them, in a secret horse-trade for his
son and heir, whom Stalin was holding hostage in Russia.
3. Mao grew opium on a large scale.
4. After he conquered China, Mao's over-riding
goal was to become a superpower and dominate the world: "Control
the Earth," as he put it.
5. Mao caused the greatest famine in history by
exporting food to Russia to buy nuclear and arms industries: 38
million people were starved and slave-driven to death in 1958-61.
Mao knew exactly what was happening, saying: "half of China may
well have to die."
Podcast rating 5 out of 10. 15MB