China Reading List

Shanghai Journal

Neale Hunter, Beacon Press
A fascinating account of how the cultural revolution actually went on in China’s biggest city. It explains a lot, not only about what happened but also about where the Chinese people are now. It gives a very balanced and honest view.


William Hinton, Monthly Review Press
A mammoth book of mammoth value. A chronicle of the revolution in a rural village. An excellent look at what the old society was like and at what the revolution meant in human terms. If you read one book on China this should be it – but no one should read just one.


Mao’s China and After

Maurice Meisner
Detailed and nearly up to date history…

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