Our book chat of the month will be The Long March, by Ed Jocelyn and Andrew McEwen

In October 1934, the First Front Army of the Chinese Communist Party fled annihilation by Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists. Some 80,000 men, women and children left their homes to walk with Mao into the unknown. One year, 4,000 miles and countless battles later, fewer than 4,000 were left. From these survivors would grow the army that conquered China 14 years on, changing history for ever.

In October 2002, Ed Jocelyn and Andrew McEwen set off to retrace the Red Army's footsteps and record the experiences of the last-remaining witnesses and participants of the Long March -- before it's too late. The result is an account of the March based squarely on eye-witness accounts. It contrasts starkly with the official version and with recent contentions that the March was a fraud. The Long March really did happen, but it was spun into the key propaganda tool Mao wielded in his rise to ultimate power.

China's past and present come vividly to life here in the authors' account of a historic event, a portrait of a changing society and their own long march.

About CCC Chinese Book Club

The CCC Book Club is one of the earlist book clubs targeting expariates living in Beijing and the only book meeting groups focusing on China-related books for the international community.



At the CCC's Book Club, participants are assigned a great book to read (or selected chapters) and then asked to discuss its meanings with other book club members, using their own interpretations. All assigned books (mostly China-related fiction and non-fiction, a mix of classics and modern ones in English or with English translation) are available at CCC library and bookshop or at major foreign-language book stores where participants are encouraged to purchase their own copies.

You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion!
  • CCC Book Club day group:
    10:30 am, every third Wednesday of the month.
    CCC Book Club Evening Group:
    7:30 pm, every second Thursday of the month
    Note: sometimes the date is different because of holidays. So check the monthly calendar for the most up to date info during the month.
    Venue: China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.