Andrew G. Walder


On his book Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement

Cover Interview of April 16, 2010


The Cultural Revolution was certainly a crucial turning point in China—and a defining event in 20th century history.  We really know very little that is well-grounded about this complex period, and much of what we think we know is either a caricature of actual history or just plain wrong.

In fact, as I researched for this book, I realized how poorly I understood China’s Cultural Revolution, even though I have been reading and writing about it for some years.

Research and publication on the Cultural Revolution is suppressed in China; for the time being, most of this work will have to be carried on outside.

So my book will not be the last word on the subject.  But I hope it will convince others to look carefully at the materials that are now available.

© 2010 Andrew Walder