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Reader recommendation: Mao, The Real Story

Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

I am deep into reading Mao: The Real Story, an incredible history of the tumultuous changes China has gone through in only 100 years – humiliating foreign intervention, terrible civil war, brutal invasion from Japan, disastrous attempts at sudden economic and social change with millions perishing in the attempt. What has happened in the post-Mao years of much-needed social and economic progress must be respected in view of all the destruction that preceded it.

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