Quotations from Chairman Mao Tsetung

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China Books, 1972 - History - 311 pages
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The Little Red Book. Everyone should have one, because you need to know at a revolution is not a dinner party and that all political power comes from the barrel of a gun. Bought this at a B. Dalton immediately after it became legal to import stuff from China. Read full review

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Thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating. It's an incredible insight into the ideals of Chinese communism. A scholarly comparison and contrast of the intentions and the reality of the situation would be fascinating. Read full review

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Contents

The Communist Party
1
a Classes and Class Struggle g 3 Socialism and Communism
23
The Correct Handling of Contradic tions Among the People
45
War and Peace
58
Imperialism and All Reactionaries Are Paper Tigers
72
Dare to Struggle and Dare to Win
82
Peoples War
88
The Peoples Army
99
Serving the People
170
Patriotism and Internationalism
175
Revolutionary Heroism
181
Building Our Country Through Diligence and Frugality
186
SelfReliance and Arduous Struggle
194
Methods of Thinking and Methods of Work 303
203
Investigation and Study
230
Correcting Mistaken Ideas
237

Leadership of Party Committees
104
The Mass Line
118
Political Work
134
Relations Between Officers and Men
148
14 Relations Between the Army and the People
153
Democracy in the Three Main Fields
157
Education and the Training of Troops
165
Unity
251
Discipline
254
Criticism and SelfCriticism
258
Communists
268
Cadrea
276
Women
294
Copyright

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About the author (1972)

Mao Tse-tung is, of course, best known as a political leader, having held power in the People's Republic from its founding in 1949 until his death, as president until 1959 and then as chairman of the Communist party. He undertook some of the most radical social experiments in human history, and although he has been dead for many years, he still casts a long shadow over current events in Asia, and his legacy is still hotly debated. Born into a prosperous peasant family in Hunan Province, Mao first came into contact with revolutionary writings during the decade of the 1910s. He was present at the founding of the Communist party in 1921 and had already risen to prominence by 1935. It was after the heroic Long March, while the Communists were consolidating their power in their northwest base in Yenan, that Mao Tse-tung held his Forum on Literature and Art, which, as Howard L. Boorman has said, "drew a firm line across the page of modern Chinese creative writing and promulgated what has since become, with some later variations, the "correct' analysis of the literary and aesthetic principles designed to guide the "progressive' writers and artists of China." Essentially, it was to be a literature shaped by "Party spirit," designed for the masses (particularly workers, peasants, and soldiers), and written in a bold, simple, and earthy style. There would be no toleration of "art for art's sake," or subjective inspiration, or other bourgeois themes or tendencies. Literature's sole aim would be to serve politics. One can find many examples of the approved content and style in Mao's own writings. His speeches and essays are strongly colored by his rural roots; one finds an earthy humor and terseness of expression that are reminiscent of many traditional works in the colloquial language. Mao's poetry is a bit more complicated. Having been educated to some extent in the classical tradition, he has always favored the tz'u form for his own verse. And, although he does conform to the time-honored metrical rules, in many ways his poems mark a break with the past in their strong egotism, preference for the present over the past, and desire to conquer nature rather than to live in passive harmony with it. However, his sentimentality and use of imagery still confirm his strong identification with the lyric past, and even many Chinese who disagree with his politics can nevertheless find pleasure in his verses.

Mao Zedong was born in Hunan Province in 1893, son of an impoverished peasant. In October 1949, he founded the People's Republic of China, which he led until his death in 1976. Willis Barnstone is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, the author of many books, and a noted translator.

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