By Qiu Jin

On the evening of September 12-13, 1971, Lin Biao, Mao Zedong’s formally well-known closest comrade-in-arms and selected successor, was once killed in a mysterious aircraft crash in Mongolia. The chinese language govt didn't factor a press release of Lin’s demise, and it grew to become quite often recognized in basic terms in the summertime of 1972, while the reputable clarification said that Lin had masterminded plans for a coup d’état and the assassination of Mao, and died fleeing to the Soviet Union after either plans had failed. yet no convincing evidence was once provided to verify those claims, and the Lin Biao incident has remained an unsolved mystery.

The writer brings distinctive credentials to her reexamination of the incident. She is the daughter of the previous commander-in-chief of the chinese language air strength, who served below Lin and, besides millions of others, was once imprisoned as a result purges that Lin’s loss of life. For this ebook, she has drawn upon her father’s unpublished memoirs, interviews with former excessive govt officers and their households, and her personal adventure and associates one of the government’s elite households, in addition to an abundance of newly to be had records. The booklet reexplores 3 key questions surrounding the Lin Biao incident: Why could Lin, the bright architect of pivotal victories within the Civil struggle who were doggedly dependable to Mao for many years, by surprise try an ill-conceived coup? Why, while the alleged coup failed, could he illness to the Soviet Union? And why and the way did Lin’s airplane crash?

Challenging the legit account, this publication places forth a substantially varied interpretation of the incident, arguing that during a slender feel it used to be a outcome of the toxic interaction of governmental politics and kinfolk politics through the Cultural Revolution. the jobs of Lin’s spouse, Ye Qun, and son, Lin Liguo, within the occasions prime as much as the fateful flight are totally mentioned for the 1st time in any language. This view is vividly set forth opposed to a relocating portrayal of chinese language society within the throes of the Cultural Revolution and the more and more determined efforts of an getting older Mao to guarantee his personal immortality.

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