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The wife of Edgar Snow tells of her experiences in Red China. The first and last part of the book deals with her personal adventure, getting out of Siam and into Yen-an, the Soviet capital -- and back again. The balance of the material, with connecting links of anecdote and adventure, is largely devoted to a philosophical,psychological and personal analysis of Red China. All of the leaders, men and women, were interviewed and brief biographies are given in addition to reports of the interviews. One has a feeling of repetition, as if the material had appeared sectionally, and the duplications had not been edited out in the final book. On the whole, in spite of this defect, the book gives a fairly unified picture of life behind the lines, just at the time when the Red Army was about to be consolidated with the force of Chiang Kai-shek. Her commentaries on the future of Red China -- on the effect of the consolidation of forces and identification of purpose -- the elmination of Japan -- on the probable results of the war, dependent on whether there is yet time to rouse the people to united effort -- all this is timely and challenging. The human interest aspects of the picture -- her chief aim -- fail, somehow, to crystallize, perhaps because of the similarity of Chinese names to the Occidental mind. A good chance for plus sale with Red Star Over China.

Pub Date: Feb. 3rd, 1939
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran