Yu Siao



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Download 1 Hunan, Land of Heroes and Brigands (132 KB)

Download 2 The Farm Where Mao Tse-tung Passed His Early Years (141 KB)

Download 3 Mao Tse-tung's Struggle for Learning (166 KB)

Download 4 On the Way to School (262 KB)

Download 5 Arrival at the Tungshan School (251 KB)

Download 6 Departure for Changsha (132 KB)

Download 7 Revolution (201 KB)

Download 8 Back to School (199 KB)

Download 9 Our First Discussion (207 KB)

Download 10 The "Confucius" of the First Normal School (210 KB)

Download 11 Miss Yang K'ai-hui, Who Married Mao Tse-tung (256 KB)

Download 12 Our Mutual Friend, Ts'ai Ho-shen (299 KB)

Download 13 Yang Tu (303 KB)

Download 14 Our All-night Talk on the Miao Kao Feng (250 KB)

Download 15 The Hsin Min Study Association, Embryo of Chinese Communism (334 KB)

Download 16 A Summer Vacation in School (314 KB)

Download 17 The Hsiu Yeh and Ch'u Yi Schools (367 KB)

Download 18 The Beggar Life (309 KB)

Download 19 Two Beggars Set Off (184 KB)

Download 20 We Overcome Our First Obstacle (258 KB)

Download 21 The Second Obstacle: Hunger (424 KB)

Download 22 Ho Hu-tzu's Home (269 KB)

Download 23 From Ho Farm to Ningsiang Town (267 KB)

Download 24 The Journey to Wei Shan (366 KB)

Download 25 The Buddhist Monastery on Wei Shan (291 KB)

Download 26 The Road to Anhwa (284 KB)

Download 27 A Night on the Sandbank (614 KB)

Download 28 After Leaving the Sandbank (413 KB)

Download 29 Difficulties in a Distant City (304 KB)

Download 30 The Road to Yiyang District City (231 KB)

Download 31 Arrival in Yiyang City (409 KB)

Download 32 The Yuankiang Flood (508 KB)

Download 33 We Return to Changsha (276 KB)

Download 34 How the Movement for Study Abroad Developed (246 KB)

Download 35 The Student-Worker Movement (352 KB)

Download 36 Mao Tse-tung Remains Behind (377 KB)

Download 37 The Germ of Chinese Communism in France (461 KB)

Download 38 The Meeting in the Forest (276 KB)

Download 39 Our Long Talk in Changsha (168 KB)

Download 40 A Chain of Problems (354 KB)

Download 41 The Chinese Communist Party Is Born (474 KB)

Download 42 Before the World Comes to an End (214 KB)

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Mao, History, China




This book was written neither in admiration of a hero nor in condemnation of a bandit. I had neither object in view. Moreover, to my mind, the line of demarcation between the bandit and the hero is at times faint. No, in the following pages I have attempted merely to set down an accurate record of certain episodes in my life selected from the storehouse of memory as of certain interest to the public at large and in connection with current events in the Far East. More important than this, I feel it my duty, not only towards my own people but to humanity as a whole, to record a number of facts which may well be distorted to a greater or lesser extent in official histories for I have already seen the germs of inaccuracy appearing in print.

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Mao Tse-Tung and I were beggars

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