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The best short biography of Mao Zedong is: Jonathan Spence, Mao Zedong, a Life, Lipper/Penguin Books, New York, 1999.

The best book on the art of Maoist thought-control is Richard H. Solomon, Mao's Revolution and the Chinese Political Culture, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1971.

The most thought-provoking essay on Western misperceptions of China's political evolution is James Mann's, The China Fantasy, How Our Leaders Explain Away Chinese Repression, Viking, New York, 2007.

For a scholarly study of current Chinese Communist propaganda, see Anne-Marie Brady, Marketing Dictatorship, Propaganda and Thought Work in Contemporary China, Rowman & Littlefield, New York, 2008.

Two beautifully written essay collections on the Cultural Revolution are by Belgian Sinologue Pierre Pierre Rijkmans writing under the pseudonym "Simon Leys": They are Chinese Shadows, Viking Press, New York 1972, and The Chairman's New Clothes, Mao and the Cultural Revolution, Allison and Busby, London, 1977.

The most famous book in English about the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution is Nien Cheng's Life and Death in Shanghai, Penguin, New York, 1986. An eye-witness account of the politics of the GPCR is David and Nancy Milton's The Wind Will Not Subside, Years in Revolutionary China, 1964-1969, Pantheon Press, New York, 1976.

The most authoritative exegeses of Chinese Communist ideology and dogma is found in longtime Hong Kong Jesuit China-watcher Laszlo Ladany's The Communist Party of China and Marxism, 1921-1985, a Self-Portrait, Hoover Institute Press, Stanford, 1988.

. For those who want to understand how China made its about face from Mao's Cultural Revolution to Deng's "Opening and Reform" in a bare 24 months, see Roger Garside's Coming Alive, China After Mao, McGraw Hill, New York, 1981.

Two highly readable and informative accounts of the Tiananmen crisis are found in James Lilley, China Hands, Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage and Diplomacy in Asia, Pubic Affairs, New York, 2004; and former CNN Beijing Bureau Chief Mike Chinoy's China Live, Two Decades in the Heart of the Dragon, Turner Publishing, Atlanta, 1997.

Chinese Communist takeover of Muslim Xinjiang is covered in James A. Millward, Eurasian Crossroads, A History of Xinjiang, Columbia University Press, New York, 2007.

A thoughtful collection of essays on China's future under communism is in Guy Sorman's floridly – but accurately – titled The Empire of Lies, The Truth about China in the Twenty-First Century, Encounter Books, New York, 2008.

A comprehensive analysis of China's future strategic directions is found in the late Constantine C. Menges' China, The Gathering Threat, Nelson Current, Nashville, 2005.


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Location:  East Asia
Capital:  Beijing
Communist Rule:  1949- Present
Status:  Under Communist Rule
Victims of Communism:
65 million