What in the World About Mao: Transformation of Mao Zedong from Tyrant to Pop Icon is Nearly Complete

What in the World About Mao: Transformation of Mao Zedong from Tyrant to Pop Icon is Nearly Complete

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For better or for worse, Mao Zedong is regarded as an iconoclastic figure in modern world history and was named one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time Magazine. Catalyst for the Cultural Revolution and leader of China’s Communist Party between 1943 and 1976, he was also responsible for the death of over 40 million Chinese.  Today, Mao is undergoing an unprecedented rise in popularity throughout the world. His image, like that of Che Guevara, has transcended itself and his radical policies of peasant reform to become a part of western pop culture and a market leader in the antiques and collectibles market. (Photo Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)

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