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Philip Short

Author of Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

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Philip Short has 2 media appearances.

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Booknotes, Sunday, April 2, 2000
Philip Short discusses Mao: A Life.

The definitive biography of the man who dominated modern Chinese history. When the Nationalists routed a ragtag Red Army on the Xiang River during the Long March, an earthy Chinese peasant with a brilliant mind moved to a position of power. Eight years after his military success, Mao Tse-Tung had won out over more sophisticated rivals to become party chairman, his title for life. Isolated by his eminence, he lived like a feudal emperor for much of his reign after a blood purge took more lives than those killed by either Stalin or Hitler. His virtual quarantine resulted in an ideological/political divide and a devastating reign of terror that became the Cultural Revolution. Though Mao broke the shackles of two thousand years of Confucian right thinking and was the major force of contemporary China, he reverted to the simplistic thinking of his peasant origins at the end, sustained by the same autocratic process that supported China's first emperors. One cannot understand today's China without first understanding Mao. Attempts to view Mao's life through Western lenses inevitably present a cartoonish monster or hero, both far removed from the real man. Philip Short's masterly assessment-informed by secret documents recently found in China-allows the reader to understand this colossal figure whose shadow will dominate the twenty-first century. —from the publisher's website (timspalding)… (more)
A conversation with biographer Philip Short
Charlie Rose, Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Philip Short

A conversation with Philip Short, former correspondent for the BBC, (timspalding)
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Philip Short was born in Bristol in 1945 and was educated at Cambridge University.

He became a journalist and worked for the BBC for 25 years as a foreign correspondent, contemplating the lunacies of politics in many different cultures from Sihanouk to Brezhnev and Clinton to Deng Xiaoping.

In 1997 he finished his final stint as BBC Washington correspondent and spent a year teaching journalism at the University of Iowa. He lives in Provence with his wife and son.

Philip Short's first book, BANDA, about the eccentric Malawi dictator was published in 1974. THE DRAGON AND THE BEAR, a comparison between China after Mao and Russia after Stalin followed in 1982. MAO: A LIFE was published in 1999 by Hodder & Stoughton.

His biography of MAO was published in 1999 by Hodder & Stoughton followed by his 2004 biography of POL POT: HISTORY OF A NIGHTMARE. Short's latest biography of MITTERRAND will be published in November by Bodley Head.
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