I can't believe you believe this. Their book is incredibly well researched, with hundreds of interviews, and original documents. It answers many questions, and is in complete agreement with what I know from what survivors have told me, both in China and those who were able to leave. Mao was first and foremost a Maoist and did not care for China at all.
I did not read the book. However, it's kind of silly to say Mao only cared for power. Otherwise he wouldn't have starved as a teenager going to schools that give him not much chance to make money, etc. He could have made profit from his family and be a powerful, rich peasant. Another thing is OF COURSE Mao wanted power, like ALL politicians (eg., George Bush, Jr or John F Kennedy.)! But to say he wanted solely power and not care about China is totally ludicrous. It's so easy to see that.
Kin Chung Ng, your remark typifies the nationalism and tribalism I find everywhere in the Far East, China definitely not excluded. The stubborn, blind pride of the Chinese is one reason why the correction of Mao's legacy will be long in coming.
Kim Chung Ng, Chinese denial of Mao's horror is similar to Japanese denial of the rape of Nanking. Like a killer who used to be a good person, no matter what good resulted from Mao's evil, the man was still evil.
I agree...why are so many ppl denying the fact that millions of innocent ppl were massacred at the hands of Mao? I'm American, and I don't deny George Bush's bad presidency, nor Watergate, nor The Christian Crusades, nor 9/11. I do deny The Blair Witch Project, though. If just gives Wiccans a bad name.