The Nude on the Basketball Court, and Other Chinese Stories

Military directives rarely make snappy reading, dealing as they do with such weighty subjects as the terrors of trench foot, the best way to dig a latrine and the importance of keeping boots polished. But as in most matters, Red China is different. A 776-page collection of Red Chinese army documents just published by Stanford University's Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace is a fascinating exception. The papers, some of which were captured from Chinese Communist junks off the South China coast, some probably filched by Chinese Nationalist spies, cover most of...

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