'This is a terrific collection. The documents are perceptively chosen, illuminating numerous aspects of Mao's thought and the various roles he played in the Chinese revolution...Cheek's well-crafted introduction offers important biographical background on Mao and useful context for understanding the primary and secondary readings.' - Nick Knight, Griffith University 'Cheek's volume provides the ideal teaching companion for those wishing to understand one of the great figures of the twentieth century, Mao Zedong. The judicious choice of key writings is complemented by an excellent introduction and informative annotations. The selections reveal Mao in all his splendid contradictions, incisive, confounding, bemusing and frustrating. This fine collection will allow students a well-prepared encounter with China's greatest revolutionary.' - Anthony Saich, Harvard University
About the Author
Timothy Cheek is associate professor of history at Colorado College, where he has taught since 1988. His research and teaching focus on the recent history of China, especially the role of Chinese intellectuals in the twentieth century and the history of the Chinese Communist Party. His books include Propaganda and Culture in Mao's China: Deng Tuo and the Intelligentsia (1997); New Perspectives on State Socialism in China (1997), with Anthony Saich; The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao (1989), with Roderick MacFarquhar and Eugene Wu; and China's Establishment Intellectuals (1986), with Carol Lee Hamrin. He is currently researching contemporary Chinese historiography and the development of professions in modern China.