This work offers the most comprehensive account of the origin and consequences of the Yan'an Rectification Movement from 1942
to 1945. The author argues that this campaign emancipated the Chinese Communist Party from Soviet-infleunced dogmatism and
unified the Party, preparing it for the final victory against the Nationalist Party in 1949. More importantly, the monograph
shows in great detail how Mao Zedong established his leadership through this party-wide political movement by means of aggressive
intra-party purges, thought control, coercive cadre examinations, and total reorganisations of the Party's upper structure.
The result of this movement not only set up the foundation for Mao's new China, but also deeply influenced the Chinese political
The Chinese version of How the Red Sun Rose was published in 2000, and has had nineteen printings