Jon Halliday

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Halliday (left, and right in the mirror) and Chang with Spanish politician Santiago Carrillo.

Jon Halliday is an Irish historian specialising in modern Asia. He was formerly a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London.

Halliday has written or edited eight books, including a long interview with the U.S. film-maker Douglas Sirk. In addition, he and his wife, Jung Chang, with whom he lives in Notting Hill, West London, researched and wrote a biography of Mao Zedong, Mao: the Unknown Story, which received praise from the popular press, historians and scholars but also criticism from other scholars and historians.

Jon Halliday is the older brother of the late Irish International relations academic and writer Fred Halliday.[1]


  • Sirk on Sirk: Interviews with Jon Halliday (Secker & Warburg 1971), ISBN 0-436-09924-1
  • "Japan and America: antagonistic alliance". New Left Review. New Left Review. I (77): 59–76. January–February 1973.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) (with Gavan McCormack)
  • Japanese Imperialism Today: "Co-prosperity in Greater East Asia" (Penguin 1973), ISBN 0-14-021669-3 (with Gavan McCormack)
  • The Psychology of Gambling (Allen Lane 1974), ISBN 0-7139-0642-1 (ed. with Peter Fuller)
  • A Political History of Japanese Capitalism (Monthly Review 1975), ISBN 0-85345-471-X
  • The Artful Albanian: The Memoirs of Enver Hoxha (Chatto & Windus 1986), ISBN 0-7011-2970-0 (ed.)
  • Mme Sun Yat-sen (Soong Ching-ling) (Penguin 1986), ISBN 0-14-008455-X (with Jung Chang)
  • Korea: The Unknown War (Viking 1988), ISBN 0-670-81903-4 (with Bruce Cumings)
  • Mao: The Unknown Story (Jonathan Cape 2005), ISBN 0-224-07126-2 (with Jung Chang)