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Cultural Revolution Red Book in English and Chinese

Cultural Revolution Red Book in English and Chinese


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Finally a red book from Cultural Revolution era that anyone can read. Unlike lots of Chinese red books, these versions, written in both Chinese and English are in better condition because few people read or spoke English and so few possessed them. Even if they had such a version they rarely used it, relying instead on their Chinese version. In fact other than some natural aging marks of these red books, they appear to be almost brand new. is evident in the photo below, for those who can read Chinese, this version of Red Book was compiled in 1967 and published by East is Red Publishing House. This copy of Red Book was based on the Chinese Liberation Army Head of Policy Department's version of Mao's Theory, and Foreign Language Publishing House's English version "Quotation From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung". We asked folks who went through the Cultural Revolution the meaning of the notation at the back of the red book. They told us that since there were always additions to Mao's Quotation, it was important to denote which version of Mao's Theory this red book was from. In order to show your loyalty to Mao, many people were encouraged to always carry the most recent Red Book as it may contain words and thoughts from Mao not seen in prior versions of the Red Book. Totaling 589 pages, this compact but content rich Red Book contain quite a few infamous quotations that make skin crawl on many Chinese who witnessed the Cultural Revolution when read out loud. We haven't gone through them page by page, but we did find the time to thumb through the extensive photos in the front section of the red book. There are 31 photos, covering his entire career as a politician. It makes an interesting biography of Mao in itself. We have included some for your viewing, but not all of the photos are shown here.This little red book makes a wonderful gift for someone who is interested in Cultural Revolution artifacts, but without having to break the bank. Some lines in the red book make good party jokes. As we learned ourselves, the reference to "Paper Tigers" and "Running Dogs" were truly hilarious.