Mao: The Unknown Story, by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, Jonathan Cape, €30.
Western intellectuals said and did some pretty foolish things during the last century, but none was more grotesque than their worship of Mao Zedong. As bizarre as it will seem to future generations, a whole host of people who really should have known better saw this bloodthirsty egomaniac as a benign, even cuddly symbol of the communist system.
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