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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Kimball Narrator: Raymond Todd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1934, the fledgling Chinese Communist Party and its 200,000 soldiers were forced off their bases by Chiang Kai-Shek and his Nationalist troops.They walked more than 8,000 miles over mountains, grasslands, and swamps, ending up in the remote, barren north of China. Only one-fifth survived. They went on to launch the revolution that transformed China, and the Long March was forever enshrined as the defining moment of modern Chinese history. It also served as potent propaganda for Mao and for the Communist revolution. Seventy years later, Sun Shuyun set out to retrace the marchers' steps and to seek out and interview the aged survivors. The Long March is the stunning narrative of her extraordinary expedition. The rugged landscape had changed little. Shuyun's greatest difficulty was wrestling with the heroic images of the march she, and every Chinese citizen, had learned as a child. On each step of the journey, she uncovered shocking stories of starvation, disease, and desertion, of ruthless purges ordered by party leaders, of the mistreatment of women, and of thousands of futile deaths. Many who survived the march reported that their suffering continued long after the "triumph" of the revolution, recounting tales of persecution and ostracism that culminated in the horrific years of the Cultural Revolution. The Long March is at once a gripping retelling of an amazing historical adventure, an eye-opening account of how Mao manipulated it for his own purposes, and a moving portrait of China past and present. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Terrific…We haven’t had a radical analysis like this—ever.”

    William F. Buckley Jr.

  • Shuyun effectively dismantles the Maoist legends while remaining inspired by the marchers' courage. Booklist Starred Review
  • “How deeply rooted are our nation’s cultural problems? What is the legacy of the 1960s? Where are America’s culture wars going? Few people take these important questions more seriously than Roger Kimball. And few write about them with such clarity and eloquence.”

    William J. Bennett, New York Times bestselling author and former Secretary of Education

  • “Roger Kimball delivers a shrewd judgment…Its dissection of the ideas that coalesced into cultural revolution is superb.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Kimball’s diagnosis is so powerful, so rigorous and devastating, that one who reads and reflects on The Long March can hardly be immune to its extraordinarily powerful testimony.”

    American Outlook

  • “[Kimball] argues forcefully that the pernicious influence of the 1960s can still be felt…There’s a distinctly conservative crankiness to Kimball’s writing…yet this inclination can lead to fascinating, if arguable, insights about modern American culture.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Mr. Kimball clears away the underbrush of false history and shows what actually happened.”

    John Leo, writer and senior fellow, Manhattan Institute

  • “Roger Kimball has produced a searching and comprehensive study that…shows the routinization of exciting ideals, and the power and impotence of ideas.”

    Harvey C. Mansfield, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University

  • A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2000

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cyrus Carter | 4/9/2013

    " Judgmental and opinionated with few credible facts other than those that "support" his one side of the argument. Perhaps the most biased book I have ever read. For fans of FOX News only. (I try to read many different angles to any argument but this was quite simply, juvenile). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by P.S. | 7/5/2012

    " british conservatives are so much more interesting - and literate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 12/26/2009

    " Very good non-fiction book on the 1960s & the radicals of that decade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ben Wetmore | 9/10/2009

    " Truly excellent. "

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