The Claws of the Dragon by John Byron
Kang Sheng - The Evil Genius Behind Mao - And His Legacy of Terror in People's China

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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.

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ROBERT PACK has published fifteen volumes of his own poetry and is Middlebury College Professor Emeritus of Literature and Creative Writing. Currently, he is teaching in the Honors College of the University of Montana in Missoula. He and Jay Parini have edited eight poetry anthologies for UPNE, the most recent of which is Contemporary Poetry of New England (2002).
Published January 1, 1992 by Simon & Schuster. 560 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Edward Bennett Williams for the Defense, 1985, etc.) exaggerate less than you might think in claiming that ``next to Kang Sheng, Mao himself seems to shrink in importance and interest.'' Convincingly comparing Kang to Beria, head of the Soviet secret police under Stalin, the authors show how Kang...

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Byron and Pack describe how Kang's obsession with power drove him to betray his high-level comrades until, near the end of his life, he effected a ``masterpiece of treachery'' against Mao's former wife, Jiang Qing, Kang's closest associate and longtime protegee.

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