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General Information

Name:  Lee Nathan Feigon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History

Born: 1945 in Tampa, Florida

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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.


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Titles At Your Library

China Rising: The Meaning of Tianamen
ISBN: 1566632455

Ivan R. Dee. 1999

An authoritative history of the Chinese student movement for democracy which ended in tragedy in Tiananmen Square in the spring of 1989. An absorbing and meticulous account. ―Jonathan Spence, Yale University

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

Ivan R. Dee. 1998

This authoritative view of the history and culture of Tibet comes at a time when this ancient land is in danger of losing its identity and culture under Chinese rule. In a compact narrative account, Lee Feigon describes Tibet's long and independent history, which belies Chinese claims to hegemony over the Tibetan people. Beginning in the seventh century with the origins of the Tibetan state, Tibetans have borrowed cultural and political forms from their neighbors, including China and India, but have always developed them in their own distinct manner. Tibet has in fact at times ruled vast portions of China, India, Nepal, Central Asia, and even the Middle East. As Tibetans assimilated Buddhist ideals, they gradually cultivated the powerful and magical religious aura that has given birth to legends of Shangri-la. Tracing this history through Mongol and Manchu rule in China, the advent of nineteenth-century Western imperialism, and the radical and sometimes racist policies of Communist China, which have aimed to transform Tibet, Feigon shows how Tibet's grand history has produced its present-day culture, and how the future of that culture now lies largely in China's hands.

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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