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Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung Vinyl Bound – May, 1990
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The collection of quotations is organized into chapters on specific subjects such as "Class and Class Struggle", "The People's Army", "Serving the People", and "Criticism and Self-Criticism".
My first impression of Mao's writing was how much he loved to categorize. Mao had to fit everything into its own little box, and he had plenty of boxes to go around. He would invent subcategories for his categories, distinguishing the "industrial proletariat", "semi-proletariat", "petty bourgeoisie", and "middle bourgeoisie". As an organizer, Mao seems in love with the very act of organizing, and he feels the need to explain and lay out his organizational schemes for his audiences.
The Little Red Book also contains a fair amount of practical military and political strategy, the former clearly influenced by Sun Tzu, who is actually quoted at one point.
Interestingly, a great number of quotes are devoted to the qualities of humility, self-criticism, and mercy. Mao repeatedly admonishes soldiers against looting and mistreatment of prisoners, just as he warns officers against the use of corporal punishment on their troops. Knowing the history, it is easy to feel a sense of irony reading these statements, as Mao clearly refused to accept criticism of himself during his long reign.Read more ›
Mao's utterances must be read two ways. The first is as exhortations of the ideal. The second is as justification for what was actually done. Mao seems to encourage dissent and analysis as the basis for revoutionary improvement on the one hand, but the record reveals that his rule was as an iron dictator. Equally, he exhorts the faithful to achieve stability, but history shows his ill-fated Red Guard movement nearly tore China apart.
I could go on at some length, but I leave the reader to make his or her own choices from the vast panoply of available material. I do not believe this is a work that can or should be read without some prior knowledge of Twentieth Century Chinese history. The book is important for understanding the Chinese world view as we enter dubiously into the 21st Century. For that reason, I recommend it.
1. It contains the central doctrine of a superpower.
2. It is written by a great conqueror and a successful military and civic dictator.
3. It teaches us practicable and useful rules for working with or against others.
4. It indoctrinates the reader with noble ideals.
5. It teaches us about modern Chinese thought and culture.
6. It helps us understand communism: a very influential movement in history.
7. It contains a strong model of rhetoric, proven effective!
I am not a communist, and I am strongly opposed to communism, but by looking past the communism I was able to get a lot of knowledge and wisdom out of this book about other things, such as concepts of social motivation and organization, and also of strategy, and of course a persuasive rhetorical model. Mao was very conversant with the Chinese classics such as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Lao Tzu, Confucius and the Art of War. His book of quotations is clearly modelled on the pithy, aphoristic writings of the classical Chinese philosophers and strategists. In a guarded way, I feel that Mao has written a book of that tradition and of that status. It is clearly styled after the great Chinese classics and is even more relevant than them for us today who are interested in these classics since Mao actually put his philosophies and principles to the test on a grand scale and was successful at least in his objectives of taking and keeping power, and he is closer to us in time than they are.Read more ›
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i bought this for the spouse. he has read it in the past and wanted a new copy.Published 3 months ago by ccvasquez
I tried purchasing Mao's red book but all I got was a Bible.
Waiting to hear back from the publisher, but this is absolutely shady and criminal.
this vinyl version of the greatest compilation of Chairman Mao's statements regarding the theoretical foundations of communist in the context of feudal China is really great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by richard shuler
The Chinese quotations seem to be printed well, but the English translations seem, as if they were printed by several different machines and printers and then made into a book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by paul noles
I was familiar with the historic figure of Mao Tse-Tung but was not with the type of socialism he incorporated during the Revolution. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William J. Thibault
Considered by many as the bible of the reds, this compilation of Chairman Mao's wise saying about the struggle of the proletariat and the musts for a revolutionary party was... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jonathan Francis