[Marxism] NY Times: Sidney Rittenberg, Idealistic American Aide to Mao Who Evolved to Counsel Capitalists, Dies at 98

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 25 06:35:00 MDT 2019

On 8/25/19 8:17 AM, Alan Ginsberg via Marxism wrote:
> [Great obit, including this wonderful vignette: "For most of his time in
> China, from 1945 to 1980, he was an intimate of the Communist Party’s top
> leaders, whom he sought out in their mountain sanctuary, a guerrilla camp
> in Yan’an, by trekking 45 days on foot. He played gin rummy and argued
> dogma with Mao, talked for days about the United States and philosophy with
> Zhou, danced with Mao’s wife Jiang Qing, and got to know Mao’s inner
> circle, including Liu Shaoqi, the third-ranking leader. They all watched
> Laurel and Hardy movies together."
> By Robert D. McFadden
> August  24, 2019

I reviewed a good documentary about him in 2013:


The documentary can be seen on Amazon:


And on YouTube:


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