Books: Behind Mao's Lines

OUT OF RED CHINA (269 pp.) — Liu Shaw-tong — Duell, Little ($4).

As a jobless ex-college student in the middle of a Peking winter, young Liu Shaw-tong was a pushover for the poster.

It read: "For the development of the Revolution, a 'Southbound Working Group' will be organized . . . All except the pregnant and the illiterate are qualified to join."

The Southbound Working Group was a kind of boot camp for potential Red bu reaucrats, and for a political innocent like Liu, it turned out to be quite a school.

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