This article in the NY Times is interesting. The article tries to analyze why President Bush might be reading the new Mao biography. It doesn't come up with much and then quotes Dorris Kerns Goodwin as saying "He just wants to read it, because he thinks it is interesting." I was a little surprised to see her say it was published to mixed reviews, although a check at Metacritic gives it a 64. She manages to quote one of the people who gave it the most negative review. I don't think she likes the book herself.