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China's Long March Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:1482949679
LANGUAGE:English

" Could Mao possibly be worse than Stalin?... " said.

" It was a tad dry in places and it seemed like the author took a lot of time to say not a whole lot . " said.

" This book gave me the odd feeling of being pulled in against my will—though I wasn't especially inclined to read about the Chinese Communist army, I cared about them through the story " said.

" everything about china seemed to be viewed through rose-colored lenses " said.

" History reading for homeschool. Jean Fritz makes learning history a LOT more fun. " said.

"In 1934, the Chinese Communist First Front Army began a strategic retreat from the Chinese Nationalist forces which resulted in a hard, 6,000 mile trek through the countryside of western China. This is known as the Long March and is quite a remarkable story of struggle, perseverance and triumph. If it's true, that is. Having read Jung Chang's Mao , I approached Ms. Fritz's account of the Long March with some skepticism. Her take on it is not so critical, at least to judge it at face value. Sometimes I wonder if she might not have been applying the <sarcasm> tag. But that's a mystery for another time. The book did draw me in, but only because the tale itself is so compelling. I really didn't care for Ms. Fritz's style. Instead of simply reporting the events in third person or telling the tale through the eyes of a fictional character, she tried to report the tale peppered with recollections of the participants she was able to interview. The problem was, sometimes she didn't have any recollections to use, so she resorted to lines like "Perhaps... the survivors of the First Front Army wondered about their comrades in the Fourth." But if you can forgive such transgressions, China's Long March does make a suitable introduction to a memorable event in human history." said.

" by the end I felt like I sided with the "reds", or Communists...which was an interesting viewpoint. " said.

" In the years 1934-35, during the civil war between the Communist Red Army and Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalist army, Communist Mao Zedung led his First Front Army on a miserable but triumphant 6,000-mile-long march across China through harsh terrain to their headquarters in Bao'an. This is an account of that march. " said.

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