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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lee Nathan Feigon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1945 in Tampa, Florida

-- Lee Nathan Feigon on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Mr. Feigon was a research Associate at the University of Chicago and resided in Winnetka, Il.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mr. Feigon has been a professor of Chinese History for over 20 years, has written three books on the subject and directed the film Passions of Mao.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

China Rising: The Meaning of Tiananmen: The Meaning of Tianamen
ISBN: 1566632455

Ivan R. Dee. 1999

A fascinating book on the China rising and the meaning of Tiananmen.

Demystifying Tibet: Unlocking the Secrets of the Land of the Snows
ISBN: 1566631963

Ivan R Dee. 1998

The author of China Rising here describes Tibet's long and independent history, focusing on its politics and culture, and shows how its future now lies largely in China's hands. An impeccably researched, spirited history of the forces that shaped today's Tibet, right down to the way tea is prepared. Kirkus Reviews

Mao: A Reinterpretation
ISBN: 1566635225

Ivan R. Dee. 2003

In recent years historians and political observers have vilified Mao Tse-tung and placed him in a class with tyrants like Hitler and Stalin. But, as Lee Feigon points out in his startling revision of Mao, the Chinese leader has been tainted by the actions and policies of the same Soviet-style Communist bureaucrats he came to hate and attempted to eliminate. Mr. Feigon argues that the movements for which Mao is almost universally condemned today―the Great Leap Forward and especially the Cultural Revolution―were in many ways beneficial for the Chinese people. They forced China to break with its Stalinist past and paved the way for its great economic and political strides in recent years. While not glossing over Mao's mistakes, some of which had heinous consequences, Mr. Feigon contends that Mao should be largely praised for many of his later efforts―such as the attacks he began to level in the late 1950s on those bureaucrats responsible for many of the problems that continue to plague China today. In reevaluating Mao's contributions, this interpretive study reverses the recent curve of criticism, seeing Mao's late-in-life contributions to the Chinese revolution more favorably while taking a more critical view of his earlier efforts. Whereas most studies praise the Mao of the 1930s and 1940s as an original and independent thinker, Mr. Feigon contends that during this period his ideas and actions were fairly ordinary―but that he depended much more on Stalin's help than has been acknowledged. Mao: A Reinterpretation seeks a more informed perspective on one of the most important political leaders of the twentieth century.

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