Books: Up Against the Wall

THE LONG MARCH: 1935 by DICK WILSON

331 pages. Viking. $8.95.

No understanding of Mao Tse-tung's present state—psychological or otherwise—is possible without some knowledge of the Ch'ang Cheng, the Long March upcountry by which the Chinese Communist forces escaped annihilation nearly 40 years ago.

In the autumn of 1934, the Kiangsi soviet founded by Mao and his comrade-in-arms Chu Teh in the mountains of south-central China was about to be overrun by close to a million

Nationalist troops commanded by Chiang Kai-shek and his German advisers. On October 16, 100,000 Red soldiers and camp followers...

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