A secondary figure at the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921, Mao Zedong determinedly asserted his influence. At his death in 1976, he could be called the principal architect of the People’s Republic of China. Donald Gluck examines events and developments under Mao from the Jiangxi Soviet, to the Long March, Yan’an Thought Control, the Civil War, Agrarian Reform, “Let 100 Flowers Bloom”, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution. Prospects for the future are considered.

Donald Gluck has four university degrees including a PhD in engineering. For 11 years he taught classes about foreign and classic movies for the Institute of Lifelong Learning for New Mexicans. He is interested in philosophy, history and politics, and has taught classes on conservatism, the Holocaust, and the USSR.