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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - datrappert - LibraryThing
Snow's account of his time with Mao and his army after the Long March is fascinating, but you have to keep Snow's sympathies in mind as you read. Of course, in 1937 perhaps he couldn't imagine the horrors that lay in store for China under Mao's rule. Read full review
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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.