* Especially Recommended


* Esherick, Joseph W. and Paul G. Pickowicz. China's Cultural Revolution as History. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008.

* Kraus, Richard Curt. The Cultural Revolution: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012

* MacFarquhar, Roderick, and Michael Schoenhals. Mao's Last Revolution. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008.

* MacFarquhar,  Roderick. The Origins of the Cultural Revolution, 3 volumes. New York, Columbia University Press,1974-1997.

* Perry, Elizabeth, and Li Xun.  Proletarian Power: Shanghai in the Cultural Revolution. Boulder: Westview Press: 2000.

* Schoenhals, Michael, ed., China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not A Dinner Party. Armonk, NY, 1999.

Thurston, Anne F., Enemies of the People: The Ordeal of Intellectuals in China's Great Cultural Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1988.

* Walder, Andrew G. China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015.

Walder, Andrew G. Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Yan Jiaqi, and Gao Gao. Turbulent Decade: A History of the Cultural Revolution. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press, 1996.


Feng Jicai, Voices from the Whirlwind: An Oral History of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Foreword by Robert Coles. New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 1991.

* Gao Yuan, Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution. Foreword by William A. Joseph. Stanford, CA: Stanford University, 1987,

Hinton, William.  Hundred Day War:  The Cultural Revolution at Tsinghua University.  New York: Monthly Review Press, 1972.

* Li Zhensheng, Red-Color News Soldier: Photographs of the Cultural Revolution. New York: Phaidon Press, 2003.

* Liang Heng and Shapiro, Judith. Son of the Revolution. New York: Vintage1983.

Min, Anchee, Red Azalea. New York: Pantheon Books, 1994.

Nanchu, Red Sorrow: A Memoir. New York: Arcade Publishing, 2001.

Nien Cheng, Life and Death in Shanghai. New York: Grove Press, 1987.

Wu Ningkun, A Single Tear; A Family's Persecution, Love, and Endurance in Communist China. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1993.

Yang, Rae, Spider Eaters: A Memoir .Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Zhu Xiao Di, Thirty Years in a Red House: A Memoir of Childhood and Youth in Communist China. Foreword by Ross Terrill. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 1998.


Chen Jo-hsi, The Execution of Mayor Yin and Other Stories of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978.

Han Shaogong, A Dictionery of Maqiao. Translated by Julia Lovell. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.


(Note: many of these books are interesting because of their time-bound optimistic views of China during the Cultural Revolution.)

Bettelheim, Charles. Cultural Revolution and Industrial Organization in China; Changes in Management and the Division of Labor. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1974.

* Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars, China! Inside the People's Republic. New York: 1972. [By members of the 1st CCAS delegation to China]

Hinton, William. Turning Point in China: An Essay on the Cultural Revolution. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1972.

Hunter, Neale. Shanghai Journal; An Eyewitness Account Of The Cultural Revolution. New York: Praeger, 1972.

* Leys, Simon. Chinese Shadows. New York: Penguin, 1977.[One of the first critical views of China during the Cultural Revolution.}

Lo, Ruth Earnshaw, and Kinderman, Katherine S., Eye of the Typhoon: An American woman Shares in the Upheavals of China's Cultural Revoluton, 1966-1978. New York: Harcourt, 1980.

Milton, David, and Milton, Nancy Dall. The Wind Will Not Subside: Years in Revolutionary China. New York: Pantheon, 1976,

* Oksenberg, Michel, ed., China's Developmental Experience. New York: Academy of Political Science, Columbia University, 1973.

Terrill, Ross. 800,000,000: The Real China. Boston, Little, Brown, 1972

Wheelwright, E. L. and McFarlane, Bruce. The Chinese Road to Socialism: Economics of the Cultural Revolution. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1970.






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