From award-winning children’s author Jean Fritz comes the
incredible true account of the Long March, a six-thousand-mile journey across
In 1986, Jean Fritz went to China and talked to survivors of
the Long March. It is from their recollections and her own broad, personal
knowledge of Chinese history that Fritz has written one of the most compelling
accounts of the incredible six-thousand-mile journey across China made by the
Communist Army in 1934 and 1935.
Fritz takes us on the route of the sixty-mile-long First
Front Army, the unit of Mao Zedong that wound its way through a terrain so
perilous it was often more threatening than their battles with the enemy. The
fear of a young soldier on Old Mountain afraid to go to sleep in case he might
roll over and fall off the cliff is real to us; the drama and devastation that
reduced the Red Army to twenty thousand men and women are immediate. And when
the army crosses the thundering Dadu River on the threadbare remains of a
bridge, we cross our fingers and hope to make it, too.
Skillfully placing events within the context of history,
Fritz allows us to view them with the perspective of time, and, as she shares
the memories of those she talked with, she brings humanness and intimacy to the
participants and their unforgettable journey. Download and start listening now!