Two authors of a controversial new biography of Mao Zedong come through town this week to discuss their new book, "Mao: the Unknown Story"...

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Two authors of a controversial new biography of Mao Zedong come through town this week to discuss their new book, “Mao: the Unknown Story” (Knopf, 814 pp., $35). “Mao” presents revelatory information about the Chinese leader, portraying him as a power- grabbing monster who, the authors contend, was indifferent to the suffering of his own people and responsible for more than 70 million Chinese deaths in peacetime (38 million through famine alone).

The authors, Jung Chang (author of “Wild Swans”) and her husband, the historian Jon Halliday, will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Allen Library on the University of Washington campus. Sponsored by the East Asian Center at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Free (206-634-3400; www.ubookstore.com).

Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor