Like Jimmy Liu said, the Chinese view Mao in a more realistic light. Both the good and the bad. There are plenty of the bad things about Mao that are reported here. I'll tell you a little bit of the good things.Before Mao, a lot of countries took a bite out of China: Russia took Mongolia and a piece of Xinjiang, Japan took the northern 3 provinces (Manchuria), UK took Hong Kong, Portugal took Macau, France and UK took a piece of Shanghai, Germany took the Tsingtao province, The US was "Johnny came lately" and persuaded all other great powers to share the trading rights with her. After Mao, there was no more foreign occupation.When Mao came to power after the civil war, the country was filled with millions of bandits, like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia today. Within two years, all bandits were cleared out. If you think about how long the NATO has been in Afghanistan, and China had 30 times more population, vastly more space, and even more challenging geography, this is no small feat. When Mao came to power, there were 50 million drug addicts in China, the aftermath of the Opium Wars . Within 3 years everybody was squeaky clean. Zero drug addiction. If you think a little bit of how the "War on Drugs" and the Prohibition went in the US, this result is nothing short of amazing. When Mao came to power, women's social position was so low that it was commonplace for a 13-year old girl to be sold to someone as his third concubine for $100. Mao abolished concubinage and dictated that women were equal to men. He forced all the young girls to go to school and be educated as well as boys. Today, China has more women millionaires than anywhere else in the whole world. When Mao came to power, 80% of the Chinese were illiterate. The definition of literacy was the ability to write your own name. The common form of identification in China was to dip one's finger in the red ink and make a thumb print, because the vast majority of the people didn't know how to write their names. The CCP set up night schools and made everyone under 40 to go there after work to learn how to read and write, and within a decade, the tide of illiteracy in cities and towns receded. Today China is 96% literate, with literacy defined at much higher level than in 1949, as the ability to read and write something like 3000 Chinese characters. Basically 5th grade level. List of countries by literacy rate When Mao came to power, the average life expectancy in China was 35 years. Mao trained a bunch of poor peasants on the basic healthcare and immunization to serve their own villages, and the average life expectancy immediately started to jump. The life expectancy in China went from 35 to 73 years today. Without peace and security, without education and healthcare, without freeing women to be the equal of men, China would not have been able to grow economically in such a fashion. And China, under Mao, accomplished all this pretty much on her own, considering that China was under the most strict economic embargo from the 50's to the 70's. U.S. Ends Ban on China Trade Even for the big mistake Mao made during the Great Leap Forward, if you look at it through the historic lenses of China, you will see that China, pre-Mao, had famine on a yearly bases. The US ambassador to China at that time, John Leighton Stuart, reported that every year, 3 - 7 million people in China died of famine. Dr. Walter Mallory, the Head of International Famine Relief at that time, wrote a book entitled China: Land of Famine, by Walter H. Mallory, . American kids growing up at that time were told to clear the food on their plates because "there are starving children in China".Sure Mao did a lot of harm, but the good kind of shit he could pull, and China could do all on her own, you can't. Even today. Even with a tiny little country with only 20 million people, having top 20 most developed & rich countries pouring money and assistance into it (like Afghanistan) for 20 years, instead of 1 billion people under complete embargo for 20 years from the West, you can't. Not even close. If you want to try, go do it in Somalia, in Afghanistan, in South Sudan, in Haiti, with all these places already vastly better than where China was before Mao. Talk is cheap. Show us what you can do!