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Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung

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Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong (simplified Chinese: 毛主席语录; pinyin: Máo zhǔxí yǔlù) has been published by the People's Republic of China since 4/64. It's a collection of quotations excerpted from speeches & publications. The alternative "The Little Red Book" was coined by the West for a pocket-sized edition printed to facilitate easy carrying. The closest equivalen ...more
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[the interesting words are in the comments]

Who hasn't heard of Chairman Mao's little red book?
But who's actually read it?
It's like Che Guevara - a political icon that's been absorbed into pop-culture.

This is firmly on my 'read one day and stop being an ignorant ass' list.

Either that, or I'm just writing some on-topic drivel so my review won't be deleted by the Goodreads Censor.
A little of column A, a little of column B...
*makes a see-saw motion with his hands*

Mar 31, 2007 chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: stalinist assholes
While I read this in 9th grade, while I was still an aspiring Marxist-Leninist, I think that 2 years later I can safely discard it. The content consists solely of Mao quoting himself. This book serves no purpose, other than for Bob Avakian and his followers in the Revolutionary Communist Party, who in all probability masturbate to it on a daily basis.
More or less on impulse, we went on a short trip today to see the Musée Suisse du Jeu in La Tour-de-Peilz. The setting is extraordinarily charming: it's an old castle on the shore of Lake Léman, not far from Montreux.

Musée Suisse du Jeu

Our excuse for visiting was a simultaneous Go exhibition being given by a German 3 Dan player. I hadn't played for a couple of years, so I asked for a three stone handicap and after many vicissitudes finally managed to win the game. The German guy was a good sport about it, conside
Feb 04, 2008 Vanessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Chairman Mao was many things to many people, but to me he'll always be boring.
Erik Graff
Dec 24, 2014 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in the Cultural Revolution
Recommended to Erik by: Edward Erickson
My exposure to the efficacy of Mao Zedong Thought came about in struggle with imperialist forces here, in Illinois, in 1969.

Martin had an older brother who had insinuated himself into the U.S. Armed Forces to such an extent that he had become responsible for elements of their training. Part of that consisted of war games and he invited Martin, George, Ed and I to participate. Seeing this as an opportunity to obtain experience in guerilla warfare tactics, I jumped at the chance.

Awakening to a red
Michael Gerald
Aug 22, 2012 Michael Gerald rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To summarize it in one word: CRAP.

Only a person with a minutiae of a brain could possibly appreciate this propagandic piece of gibberish and gobbledygook from a man responsible for the deaths of at least forty million Chinese.

The author and this work can't be recycled, unfortunately. The pages can be used for toilet paper though.
Bueno: leí el libro rojo. Tengo entendido que es el segundo libro de mayor impresión en la historia (después de la Biblia), así que me parecía importante leerlo. Digo, es uno de los libros que más influencia tiene (o ha tenido) en la historia. Obviamente la mayoría de los lectores (o no-lectores, entiendo que tanto la Biblia como el Libro Rojo deben tener bastante bajo ratio "veces leido"/"impresiones") deben ser chinitos. Creo que la influencia de China a nivel mundial va a ser cada vez mayor ( ...more
Tom Oman
Jul 26, 2013 Tom Oman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Little Red Book is just a bunch of repetitive drivel.

I read this book as an historian, not as someone looking for ideological inspiration. I have always been fascinated with Chinese history and Mao in particular so I thought I would have a read through the infamous book that condensed the thoughts and philosophies of the man who influenced so many.

Well sadly it did not turn out to be the intriguing insight into the mind of Mao that I thought it might be. Rather it is just a bunch of repetiti
My understanding and empathy for China's form of communism was deepened.

Poignant Quotes:

...When human society advances to the point where classes and states are eliminated, there will be no more wars, counter-revolutionary or revolutionary, unjust or just; that will be the era of perpetual peace for mankind.

Over a long period we have developed this concept for the struggle against the enemy: strategically we should despise all our enemies, but tactically we should take them all seriously.

Place p
Hank Pin
Dec 09, 2014 Hank Pin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Great Helmsman's words flow like the mighty water of the Yellow River, majestic and calm, bringing nourishment to the Chinese people. The Glorious Teacher, Chairman Mao, has developed the universal truth of Marxist-Leninist thought to a new height, guiding the nation on a new path towards constructing socialism. Chairman Mao, the people yearn for you like the crops yearning for the sun!

Anyone who doesn't like the words of the Great Helmsman is a capitalist roader, running dogs of Liu Shaoqi
Jason Marciak
Aug 18, 2013 Jason Marciak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Statements of revolution, communism, how to found a nation and build a worldwide movement are the core of this book. Quotations should be read by any person looking to capture a goal for themselves. There are lessons of direction, how to manage resources and people and how to pass on these lessons from generation to the next. Communism and capitalism intermingle in this book enough for one to see the embittered battle that once had the full audience of the world's attention.
☭ kirilov.
What are I guess Mao's "greatest hits" or whatever turn out to be boring as shit. There were only a handful of sections that were even vaguely interesting. The section "On Women" is included in the handful, but it was pretty lame too. From my margin notes, where he says that "China's women are a vast reserve of labour power": "yeah, except that they've already been doing a fuckton of unremunerated domestic labor, dipshit."

I tried, Comrade.

[edit: I've somewhat reevaluated this in in the past seve
My first thought reading this collection of quotations was that Chairman Mao was very organized. The revolutionary's enemies were categorized as imperialists (warlards, bureaucrats, comprador class, big Landlord class, reactionary section of the intelligentsia), right wing of the middle bourgeoisie. Allies were classed as petty bourgeoisie and semi-proletariat. I guess this was a good trait for someone who needed to organize the masses in revolution.

One thing I was also surprised about was Mao's
Hard to review this thing because I read it casually over a long period of time. Some of the quotes expose the insanity and "true believer" nature of Maoism, but not many. In general these seem to be mild bromides which would be good advice to any aspiring political movement which is organized based on cadres, party lines, mass participation, etc. some of them are just good pieces of advice for running organizations in general. And then these are interspersed with anti imperialist statements and ...more
Dec 17, 2007 Nocheevo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Try hard lefty revolutionaries and rabid right wingers with short attention spans
Shelves: history, politics
Chairman Mao, Chinese leader and one of those pillars of Communist thought that earned an -ism that is the legacy of all successful commies.

This isn't much of a political treatise, more a collection of speeches and sound bites on a number of topics from which the overall themes can be gleaned. Some of points are great and concise, some a little rambling but its interesting to contrast his rural based concepts with the Marxist-Leninist model.

Its easy enough to dip in and out as required. It make
Sean O'kane
Feb 04, 2014 Sean O'kane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read this. The title of being one of "the most published books of all time" carrys some baggage these days as it usually means populist trash. Not this. This collection of quotes contains some gems of wisdom, but also some advice that perhaps seemed relevant to the cause at the time but now sound dictatorial. Nevertheless, its historical importance as a glimpse into Chinese history and politics is without parallell. Even if you disagree with reactionary politics, this is a must rea ...more
Rex Runt
May 15, 2016 Rex Runt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mao tse tung was one of the most brutal and despicable dictators in history. he was responsible for more deaths than pol pot, ceaucuscu, and even stalin. he preached equality and socialism, but he was a millionaire with no problems, while the rest of china's citizens starved to death. anybody who spoke out against him was executed without mercy. he was, without a doubt, one of the most murderous tyrants in history.

and yet, he inspired many great people such as huey p newton and the black panther
Mao was to Asia - and perhaps in future to the world - what fascism was to Europe and Stalin, KGB, etcetera were to Europe and half the world, with every parallel - forced labour camps, occupation of various other nations and territories, ever growing claims to more territories, genocide of millions in occupied regions and in particular of well over half a nation in one, with one difference. By the time Mao began west was exhausted from war and no longer willing to take up responsibilities in ot ...more
Kao jedna od najprodavanijih knjiga na svetu "Mala crvena knjižica" i tom prostom činjenicom mami da bude pročitana, da se otkrije zašto je njome omladina tako vatreno mahala tokom šezdesetih godina širom sveta. Međutim, u pitanju je skup citata koji izmiče elaboratu i razrađenosti. Gomila kratkih izvoda iz govora isuviše je apstraktna i populistička da bi mogla da sugeriše neko ubedljivo i dobro argumentovano rešenje koje bi levica mogla da pruži. Sam populizam i već navedena nerazrađenost idej ...more
Seth Kupchick
Feb 23, 2014 Seth Kupchick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first learned about this book from the Sixties comedy classic, "I Love you Alice B. Toklas," so I guess this movie taught me about Gertrude Stein and Chairman Mao, not two people I'd usually put together, since Mao wrote that 'a revolution is not a dinner party,' and Gertrude Stein was famous for her dinner parties, but that might say more about how many free thoughts were running through the Sixties when Herbie gave his straight older lawyer brother this book on the Venice boardwalk, and star ...more
Caio Donalisio
É sempre interessante visitar a história pelas suas fontes primárias, ainda mais quando estamos falando do famosíssimo Livro Vermelho de Mao

Minha razão para ler este livro foi justamente conhecer o discurso maoísta e ver como ele se compara à realidade chinesa da época e de hoje - para esse propósito, sendo um mero curioso e especialista em nada, creio que foi uma escolha bastante construtiva para mim.

Por ser uma série de citações de Mao Tse Tung, achei que seria uma leitura bem fácil e fluida,
John Christy
Apr 27, 2011 John Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mao updated communism and resolved many of its internal contradictions, particularly after Khrushchev's rise in the USSR which coincided with increasing liberalism and bureaucracy. Required reading for any serious political analyst regardless of ideological bent
Oct 27, 2015 Ross rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to contrast many of these statements with historical events, especially with regard to how one receives criticism. There is quite a strong tension between vanguardism and "listening to the masses." At times it seems the masses were not in favor of the party-directed pace of land reform, agricultural collectivization, etc. but the right to criticize seems to be reserved for non-class enemies, so maybe by criticizing these policies rural inhabitants had outed themselves as alleged righ ...more
Rachel Jackson
It's hard to review Quotations from Mao Zedong without some kind of historical perspective, especially one from the United States, but I tried to read the book as people would have done so back when it was published — even then, it seems laughable that anyone would believe in his words more. Quotations is a typical propaganda attempt by the Chinese government to get people to conform to their ideas of socialism and communism.

I am not commenting on this book from a philosophical or ideological po
Jayden gonzalez
to investigate a problem is to solve it.
Don Gubler
Aug 14, 2012 Don Gubler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: improvement
Reading for understanding.
Pieter-Jan Beyul
Jul 03, 2016 Pieter-Jan Beyul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-shelf
Met het dengisme als doctrinaire leidraad in het nieuwe China is de Rode Gardisten-handleiding voor een 'democratische centralisme' niet langer de verplichte lectuur voor menig Chinees. Het dengisme heeft geen Bijbel en rekent daarom op het pragmatisme van de partij na het overlijden van de Hong Xiuquan van de 20ste eeuw. Iedere profeet laat graag een heilige schrift na en dit is zulk één.

Deze bloemlezing is in werkelijkheid weinig aanstokend revolutionair leesvoer. Ook al probeer ik me te verpl
Bookworm Amir
Things develop ceaselessly. It is only 45 years since the Revolution of 1911, but the face of China has completely changed. In another 45 years, that is, in the year 2001, or the beginning of the 21st century, China will have undergone an even greater change She will have become a powerful socialist industrial country. And that is as it should he. China is a land with an area of 9,600,00 square kilometers and a population of 600 million people, and she ought to have made a greater contribution t ...more
Lucreţiu Calotă
As someone who lived in a communist country (until communism fell) I find this book very boring. I know the kind of propaganda and formulaic texts that comes from the Party.
Still, some things are interesting in this book. First, there are a lot of quotes from the beginning years, before the communists took over China. It is interesting to see how they addressed some real life issues, which brought them popular approval and helped them win in the end. The communism applied to concrete situations,
Jun 16, 2014 Cherie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is such a disconnect between what Mao is quoted as saying in this book and what Mao actually did, that this book is difficult to read. Knowing a little of the the history of the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward makes this book sound a little like George Orwell's "Animal Farm" "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"
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Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung, and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary, guerrilla warfare strategist, Marxist political philosopher, and leader of the Chinese Revolution. He was the architect and founding father of the People's Republic of China (PRC) from its establishment in 1949, and held control over the nation until his death in 1976. ...more
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