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Edgar Snow: A Biography
Edgar Snow: A Biography
By John Hamilton Maxwell
Indiana University Press, 1988, 343 pp

Edgar Snow (1905-1972) was an enterprising and boldly independent journalist best known for his sympathetic reporting on the Chinese communists: Red Star Over China (1938) remains after half a century the fullest firsthand account of the communists in China in the years before they came to power. This competent biography follows Snow from boyhood through his political and journalistic adventures in China to the vicissitudes of the McCarthy period in the United States, and on to a new burst of acclaim when Chinese and U.S. governments began to communicate with each other in 1971-72.