Kang Sheng held tremendous power in China for more than 50 years. As a member of Mao's inner circle, he created China's dreaded secret police, unleashed the demonic Cultural Revolution, and oversaw the murder and torture of millions of Chinese. The Claws of the Dragon is a stunning revelation of the inner workings of Chinese politics and government. 16 pages of photos....
|Title||:||Claws of the Dragon: Kang Sheng--The Evil Genius Behind Mao--And His Legacy of Terror|
|Number of Pages||:||560 Pages|
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Claws of the Dragon: Kang Sheng--The Evil Genius Behind Mao--And His Legacy of Terror Reviews
Came into this one having read relatively widely around the topic of inner Chinese politics before, during and after the communist revolution and find the general topic and sustained ambiguity of characters such as Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, Lin Biao et al. insatiably fascinating. I hadn't heard much about Kang Sheng before though while there are interesting revelations in the book surrounding his back door Stalinist dealings and all-round opportunist political grafting (particularly around the time of the Cultural Revolution) I found this one a little arduous and anti-climatic in general; namely let down by misplaced sweeping rhetoric at the end of each chapter which attempt to summarise what is generally a well-researched and complex work (if a little off-piste at times) about a very complex character. In fact, I think I may have learnt more about Jiang Qing and the Lin Biao incident in this book more than anything else. Still, the "legacy of terror" by this "evil genius" (the book is equally let down by Michael Bay-esque buzzwords throughout) certainly is something to reflect on when looking at how modern Chinese politics works with regard to inner sectarianism among the very highest echelons right down to grass roots policy and convenient propagandist fear mongering.
Fills an important gap in available histories of 20th Century China. Provides great insights into popular topics such as the Gang of Four, relationship between Chinese CP and the Soviet Union, and the role of the CP and KMT in World War II. Well worth the time to read.