Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
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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 April '64. It is 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 eq...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*

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...more
Chairman Mao was many things to many people, but to me he'll always be boring.
Mar 31, 2007 chris rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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...more
Jason Marciak
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.
Michael Gerald Dealino
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.
Tom Oman
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...more
Dec 17, 2007 Nocheevo rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Try hard lefty revolutionaries and rabid right wingers with short attention spans
Shelves: politics, history
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...more
Sean O'kane
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
Seth Kupchick
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
David Spencer
Mao is mostly a poetic and beautiful man in the writings before the assumption of power in China in '49, but most of his later output is pretty intense and Orwellian double-speakesque. Still, some fucking excellent quotations in here, and a really interesting look at the evolution of Mao's particular brand of Marxism-Leninism, at least up to the 60s.
John Christy
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
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...more
Jayden gonzalez
to investigate a problem is to solve it.
Don Gubler
Reading for understanding.
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...more
Erik Graff
May 13, 2008 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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"
I picked this one up at my parents home. Both of them were raised as devout Christians, but rebelled against the old values of obedience and religious prudence in their youth (and against the draft-boards and war in Viet Nam in case of my father).
While "Quotations From Chairman Mao" are still culturally and politically significant, I, as a liberal, could not identify with any of what he was saying; the atrocities of the cultural revolution and great leap forward kept popping up in my mind, which...more
Books Ring Mah Bell
Not the edition I looked at. I picked this up at my dad's house... a second edition from 1967. Inside, a few pages in, is the following stamp: A copy of this material has been filed at the Foreign Agents Registration Section, Department of Justice, Washington, DC... blah blah The fact of registration does not indicate approval of this material by the Government of the United States.


This started a great conversation on China and communism, my dad went into the basement to look for "more of...more
Occasionally interesting as a keyhole to how propaganda operates; mostly dull and monotonous.
Jennifer Cui
As a Chinese I find those days fascinating and I'm learning more and more through talks with my mum and hopefully get to talk more with my grandparents (who are all for Mao more or less). This is not a novel or a non-fiction. It carries history. Stop saying Mao's a self-boasting prick, we all know that, but hey, do you even know why or even bother asking why?(because he was a prick.. Yeah)

P.S. i don't care what he was, he did write a few decent poems. And please don't rate them by their translat...more
le succès du Petit livre rouge qui est donc un recueil de citations peut s'expliquer par son caractère pratique et accessible. les questions toujours contemporaines des contradictions du peuple, de la guérilla et de l'organisation d'un mouvement de masse mais aussi les points plus sensibles que sont la haine de "l'ultradémocratisme" et l'obéissance aux dogmes du Parti et qui est un "révisionniste" sont toujours aussi importantes à comprendre pour continuer à mener une lutte des classes
Literally just a bunch of short quotations from Mao's works. Historically this book is extremely important, but I don't rate on historical importance. On it's own terms, there's little of interest here. Maybe it provides a quick synthesis of Mao's thought, but really, if that's what you're looking for, you might as well just use Google.

Some of the quotations are nice enough, but I'm sure it'd be better to read them in the context of the original pieces.
I read this in one night. My Mom and dad gave it to me after getting back from China. He heavy believes in Marxist-Leninist theories. I agree mostly with the book about how you treat people. But he has a hate for Japan and the USA and call them Imperialist. Of course this was after the 2nd World War. the Idea's laid out in the this book are great but it is communist and certain part of your beliefs are not permitted. He says the only God that does Exisist is YOU!
The written ideals of communism are so much more appealing than the reality that follows the attempted implementation of them. MTT is equal parts inspiring idealist and nonsensical egomaniac. The copy I read was brought back from a friend who went to China and is in dire need of editing. One word review = monotonous.
Worth reading for cultural literacy purposes, as 900 million or so copies have been sold in China alone, but there aren't that much in the way of applicable quotations. Admiration for Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin vs Kruschev is kind of historically interesting, and his thoughts on war were reminiscent of Sun Tzu.
Could be better. Because of obsessions about Mao most powerful quotes we know already - from Godard, left critics and a lot of left activists. But in this red book we can't find any analysis, only main recommendations which are actually obvious.
But for hipsters in Russia it could be useful reading.
R. August
4 stars simply due to its historical significance. With most political theory it would have worked if people would have actually followed what it said throughout, instead of simply choosing one or two favorite passages and steamrolling everything else. That, and if human nature wasn't selfish...
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