Red Star Over China
The first Westerner to meet Mao Tse-tung and the Chinese Communist leaders in 1936, Edgar Snow came away with the first authorized account of Mao’s life, as well as a history of the famous Long March and the men and women who were responsible for the Chinese revolution. Out of that experience came Red Star Over China, a classic work that remains one of the most important books ever written about the birth of the Communist movement in China. This edition includes extensive notes on military and political developments in China, further interviews with Mao Tse-tung, a chronology covering 125 years of Chinese revolution, and nearly a hundred detailed biographies of the men and women who were instrumental in making China what it is today.
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"This book is Communist sympathizing drivel. "
You end it by quoting the fact that the reds lost 100,000 lives fighting the Japs. Assuming this number is close to correct; that's one MASSIVE loss of lives; regardless of the KMT's much greater losses; and, in no way, backs-up your claims just above this fact that Mao and the reds did nothing to fight the Japs, everything to run away and/or left the job up to the Soviets.
Speaking of the Soviets, Stalin called Mao a "Radish Communist": "Red" on the outside; and white on the inside; in other words, "super-militant" in presentation; reactionary in essence.
Having studied Mao's 5-6 Volumes, Selected Works, and knowing a bit about the history of that period; I'd have to agree with Stalin on this one.
Mao's writing is a lot like the Bible imo. It is so ambiguous and self-contradictory as to be more confusing than enlightening; and, is generally useless as any positive moral guide.
One example: he's a world's greatest opponent of the rich; but he claims that, in such a populous country, only FOUR families are enemies of the people. And, once in power, he/the Party, coddled the super-rich Chinese to the max. Sounds like a Radish Red to me.
In other words, my recommendation is - don't waste your time reading Mao; UNLESS you have a real (technical?) need to.
P.S. I read "Red Star ..." when it first came out; so long ago that I remember nothing from it. Perhaps there was nothing worth remembering? It could also be that the memories have been crowded out or just forgotten after all this time.
This book is Communist sympathizing drivel. A LOT of this book has been debunked as fallacious. The most egregious errors in judgement by the author and his pro-red bias make this utterly contemptible as a serious source. If you want serious academic sources for this period, rely on Jay Taylor, Jung Chang, John Fenby, or other serious book with annotated bibliographies and multiple sources drawn from archival information, not lies promulgated by spin-doctor Zhou Enlai or preached from Mao's bedchamber direct to Snow's notepad.
Snow did not cross-reference ANYTHING. This book is what the communists wanted the world to think of them, so they could get away with murder and genocide. Lies of omission are probably the most common of Snow's false portrayal of the communists. The only reason this book is still popular is because of it's contemporary nature and the lack of other sources in the war years - it survives on reputation alone, but does not bare up to scrutiny.
Snow's propaganda spin allowed Mao to survive, with Washington's help, and also damaged the reputation of the Guomindang in WWII by attempting to claim that the communists were carrying the fight to Japan, when they were actually avoiding doing anything, hoping that Chiang would be destroyed so they could inherit the ruins of a China they did nothing to protect - hoping that the Soviets would do all of the heavy lifting for them.
Snow does little to mention the communist pogroms and massacres of civilians, nor their conscription of slave labor and their raiding of villages in their areas of occupation like common bandits. Snow also does not mention Mao's terror campaigns in which he systematically tortured or psychologically dominated his own people.
Nationalist troops lost to Japan - 3 million; Communist troops lost to Japan as of winter 1944-45 - 103,186
Total Civilian dead: 7 million