Books by Philip Short

Philip Short has been a foreign correspondent for The Times (London), The Economist, and the BBC in Uganda, Moscow, China, and Washington, D.C. He is the author of the definitive biography of Mao Tse-tung, and lived in China and Cambodia in the 1970s and


A TASTE FOR INTRIGUE by Philip Short
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"No hagiographer, Short delivers a clear, useful picture of his subject and his country."
An accessible biography of François Mitterrand (1916-1996), the first popularly elected socialist president, whose life "mirrored the contradictions and compromises of the times in which he lived." Read full book review >
POL POT by Philip Short
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"A superbly wrought, richly nuanced study in evil, though more likely to attract discussion for its controversial conclusion than its careful rendering of its murderous subject."
"He was very likeable, a really nice person. He was friendly, and everything he said seemed very sensible." But he was also one of history's most accomplished mass murderers, as this portrait shows. Read full book review >
MAO by Philip Short
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2000

"The most measured, thoughtful, and complete biography of Mao now available in English. (24 pages b&w photos, 4 maps)"
A masterful biography by Short, former BBC correspondent in Beijing (The Dragon and the Bear, 1982), that incorporates much material, mainly from Chinese sources, that has only recently become available. Read full book review >