Mao led an appalling private life. Publicly, he appeared composed and dignified as well as friendly and personable,creating an image of a respected elder gentleman. But in reality he was a dedicated philanderer.
— “The Private Life of Chairman Mao” by Dr. Li Zhisui
Mao struggled to open his eyes and move his lips. The oxygen mask had slipped from his face and he was struggling for breath. I leaned over. “Ah…ah…ah…” was all I could hear. His mind was clear, but his speech was hopeless.
I was Mao’s personal physician, in charge of the medical team— sixteen of China’s best doctors and twenty-four excellent nurses—trying to save his life…
I am hooked on this book for more than anything. The first few paragraphs sold the book to me. The fact that this book is banned in mainland China because of its controversial materials makes reading this book even more exciting.
And speaking of this, I have decided to use my Weibo (China’s Twitter) actively and will post some material from this book onto my account. Some friends have warned me that my account could be blocked because of this. Well, this is getting more interesting isn’t it?