Thursday, December 27, 2007

Zhou book

As a book reviewer, I receive many more review copies than I can write reviews about. One purpose of this blog will be to take note of various new books of interest.

I recommend Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revolutionary, the story of the Chinese Communist official who both abetted and sought to moderate Mao's brutal rule. Author Gao Wenjian had access to an array of Zhou material in official archives in China, before coming to America, and concludes about his profoundly ambiguous subject:

"It is my belief that Zhou intended to be a good person, but failed."

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