Sunday, April 24, 2016

Revisiting Mao, 40 Years After His Demise

Reflections on Doctor Li's memoirs.

By Grant Wishard

Astoundingly, 40 years after his death, China still celebrates Mao Zedong. He lies permanently preserved in Tiananmen Square and is honored annually by hundreds of thousands of Chinese visitors who come to pay their respects. Preserving Mao’s body for eternity was the final labor of his personal physician, Dr. Li Zhisui. The Chairman's remains - saturated in gallons of formaldehyde, prettied up with makeup and wax, poised in a crystal coffin – provide the irony of Dr. Li's greatest work, The Private Life of Chairman Mao.Dr. Li mummified Mao for China's admiration, but preserved the tyrant, egotist, and monster in the pages of his personal account. Communist China still celebrates its founding father, but Li reveals why he deserves the people's hatred, not their honor and respect. He spent decades in the inner circle behind the red banner propaganda, and witnessed Mao's utter depravity, his insatiable greed and lust......To Read More

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