The Long March by Sun Shuyun
The True History of Communist China's Founding Myth

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In The Long March, Sun Shuyun uncovers the true story behind the mythic march of Mao's soldiers across China, exposing the famine, disease, and desertion behind the legend.In 1934, in the midst of civil war, the Communist party and its 200,000 soldiers were forced from their bases by Chiang Kai-shek and his Nationalist troops. Led by Mao Tse Tung, they set off on a strategic retreat to the barren north of China, thousands of miles away. As Sun Shuyun travels along the march route, her interviews with survivors and villagers show that the forces at work during the days of the revolution – poverty, sickness, and Mao's use of terror, propaganda, and ruthless purges – have shaped modern China irrevocably. Uncovering the forced recruitment, political infighting, and futile deaths behind the myth, Shuyun creates a compelling narrative of a turning point in modern Chinese history, and a fascinating journey that spans China, old and new.

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About Sun Shuyun

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Sun Shuyun was born in China in the 1960's. She graduated from Beijing University and won a scholarship to Oxford. She is a film and television producer and has made documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and international broadcasters. For the past decade she has divided her time between Beijing and London.
Published October 27, 2010 by Anchor. 306 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Shuyun begins each chapter with an account of a particular moment during the March, told from the point-of-view of a participant she interviewed, then paints the background, supplies the details and records her impressions on visiting the sites today.

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The Long March by Sun Shuyun (HarperCollins £20, pp320)The Great Wall by Julia Lovell (Atlantic Books £19.99, pp400).

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The March began in October with some 56,000 people.

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The one constant, of course, were the purges which characterized Mao's regime and continued until Mao was near death.

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Sun grew up with a father who had been a high officer in the Red Army, and when she decided to retrace the Long March, interviewing people who had had firsthand experiences with a central story in the rise of Chinese communism, she was determined to get the true story.

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