This book, first published in 2001, uses key oral histories to confirm and explain the professional and private lives of post-1949 Chinese intellectuals through the focal point of Chen Renbing, a man personally criticised by Mao Zedong. Intellectuals have faced unique perils in modern Chinese history, thousands of whom were targeted by Mao. Mao’s Prey provides invaluable insight into their experiences and fates.
1. Introduction 2. Chen Family Background 3. China Under Mao Zedong 4. The Downfall of Chen Renbing 5. The Aftermath 6. Anticipation