Mao the unknown story is a 2005 biography of chinese communist leader mao zedong 1893 1976 written by the wife and husband team of writer jung chang and historian jon halliday who depict mao as being responsible for more deaths in peacetime than adolf hitler or joseph stalin. But the clear scholarship and careful notes of the unknown story provoke another reaction mao tse tungs evil undoubted and well documented is unequalled throughout modern history roy hattersley the observer. The tabloidish whiff of the subtitle the unknown story is misleading this book should have been called mao what a dick its tone is bizarrely vitriolic and hysterical as the authors take every single conceivable opportunity to spell out after each example that see look mao was a real dick. Mao the unknown story by jung chang jon halliday the most authoritative life of the chinese leader every written mao the unknown story is based on a decade of research and on interviews with many of maos close circle in china who have never talked before and with virtually everyone outside china who had significant dealings with him. Mao the unknown story by jung chang and jon halliday 832pp cape 25 the author of wild swans and her historian husband jon halliday have torn away the many masks and falsehoods with which
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