Interview with Mao 1937

  • Edgar Snow
Part of the The Bedford Series in History and Culture book series (BSHC)


Edgar Snow’s interviews with Mao in 1936 have the status of a classic in both China and the West. These were the first public comments by Mao about himself and his life. Snow, a progressive American journalist, had lived and worked in China since 1929. In June 1936, he set out to visit the “Reds” who had recently made their famous Long March from southeast China to the northwest. Snow published his observations in a book, Red Star over China, that became an instant bestseller in the West and was quickly translated into Chinese. Although the book includes his impressions of the Communist administration in general, it is his interviews with Mao that have always attracted the most attention.


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  1. Edgar Snow, Red Star over China (New York: Grove Press, 1968), 89–96, 130–33, 172–74.Google Scholar

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