China: Rectifying the Revolution

In the rampaging heyday of the Red Guards, their chief cheerleader, den mother and Joan of Arc was Chiang Ching, the fourth Mrs. Mao Tse-tung. A onetime movie actress from Shanghai, she clearly enjoyed her sudden role in the limelight after years of obscurity at Mao's side. The part, however, proved all too brief. Now that Mao has called off the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and sent the Red Guards back to school, Mrs. Mao has vanished from Peking's rostrums and podiums. "Hens must not cackle too much," Mao reportedly crowed to his...

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