IN THE REVIEW

The Mind of Mao

The Center of the World: Communism and the Mind of China

by Robert S. Elegant

The Communism of Mao Tse-tung

by Arthur A. Cohen
When westerners first spoke of the “Middle Kingdom,” there was something arch in the usage. To the Chinese it was a simple self-estimate, but when used abroad, even in a respectful context, the term was quaint. Nowadays, the “Middle Kingdom” (or “the center of the world”) hints of menace, evoking …