|First posted 6/26/2020.
Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (aka "The Little Red Book")
Mao Tse-Tung (aka Mao Zedong)
First Publication: January 5, 1964
Sales: 6.5 billion
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About the Book:
Mao Tse-Tung, the father of Chinese communism, is considered “one of the most hated and revered men to ever have lived.” BN He was the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1943 to 1976. This collection of “revolutionary socialism and propaganda” BN is comprised from statements from his speeches and writings. It “cover a wide swath of Mao’s interpretations of Marxist-Leninist thought and how it should be applied to the Chinese people and culture.” AZ It was widely distributed during the Cultural Revolution, a sociopolitical movement in China which aimed to purge capitalist elements from Chinese society in favor of Communism.
The first version of the book included 200 quotations covering 23 topics. It was given to top government officials at a conference on January 5, 1964. It was then expanded and distributed to the People’s Liberation Army with the intent of educating the troops. It was expanded again for mass distribution in 1965 with the goal that 99% of the country’s population read the book. WK
Because it became “an unofficial requirement for every Chinese citizen to own, to read, and to carry it at all times during…the Cultural Revolution,” WK there are sources claiming that over 6.5 billion volumes of the book have been printed. In 1967, there were 20 translations of the book published in bookstores in 117 countries and territories around the world. WK
In its most popular versions, the book was printed in small sizes with bright red covers, hence it becoming commonly known as “The Little Red Book.” The book’s popularity waned considerably after the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976 and is now primarily a piece of nostalgia. WK
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