Cover of Madame Mao: The White-Boned Demon by Ross Terrill
Madame Mao: The White-Boned Demon
Revised Edition
Ross Terrill


424 pages.

Paperback ISBN: 9780804729222



This is the most complete and authoritative account of the childhood and tumultuous life of Jiang Qing, from her early years as an aspiring actress to her marriage and partnership with Mao Zedong, the controversial years of power after Mao's death, her final years of disgrace and imprisonment, and her suicide in 1991.

About the author

Ross Terrill is a Research Associate at Harvard University's East Asian Research Center. He is the author of several books on China, including Mao: A Biography.

"A fascinating portrait. . . . Wildly successful in his global search for new sources . . . Terrill has produced the most complete biography that in all likelihood will ever be published on the fatally flawed yet fascinating Madame Mao."

Philadelphia Inquirer

"A magnificent display of investigative reporting, research, and reconstruction. . . . It throws much light on the madness of China's Cultural Revolution. . . . Remarkable pictures of life in Mao's 'inner court' during his declining years."

New York Newsday