Red Star Over China

Edgar Snow Dr John K. Fairbank

RRP: £12.99

1 February 2018

Published by Grove Press

ISBN: 9781611855128

RRP: £6.99

7 September 2017

Published by Grove Press

ISBN: 9781611859416

The first Westerner to meet Mao Tse-tung and the Chinese Communist leaders in 1936, Edgar Snow came away with the first authorised account of Mao’s life, as well as a history of the famous Long March and the men and women who were responsible for the Chinese revolution. Out of that experience came Red Star Over China, a classic work that remains one of the most important books ever written about the birth of the Communist movement in China.

This edition includes extensive notes on the military and political developments in China, further interviews with Mao Tse-tung, a chronology covering 125 years of Chinese revolution and nearly a hundred detailed biographies of the men and women who were instrumental in making China what it is today.


The remarkable thing about Red Star Over China was that it not only gave the first connected history of Mao and his colleagues and where they had come from, but it also gave a prospect of the future... This book has stood the test of time on both these counts - as a historical record and as an indication of a trend.
From the Introduction by John K. Fairbank

It truly was a book that shook the world.
China Daily

Irreplaceable... by far the most important single source regarding [Mao's] life
Stuart R. Schram

Scoop of the century
Foreign Affairs