Guerrilla Warfare



Guerrilla WarfareChe Guevara, The Larger Than Life Hero Of The Revolutionary Victory That Overturned The Cuban Dictatorship, Believed That Revolution Would Also Topple The Imperialist Governments In Latin America Che S Call To Action, His Proclamation Of Invincibility The Ultimate Victory Of Revolutionary Forces Continues To Influence The Course Of Latin American History And International Relations His Amazing Life Story Has Lifted Him To Almost Legendary Status This Edition Of Che S Classic Work Guerrilla Warfare Contains The Text Of His Book, As Well As Two Later Essays Titled Guerrilla Warfare A Method And Message To The Tricontinental A Detailed Introduction By Brian Loveman And Thomas M Davies, Jr Examines Guevara S Text, His Life And Political Impact, The Situation In Latin America, And The United States Response To Che And To Events In Latin America Loveman And Davies Also Provide In Depth Case Studies That Apply Che S Theories On Revolution To Political Situations In Seven Latin American Countries From The S To The Present Also Included Are Political Chronologies Of Each Country Discussed In The Case Studies And A Postscript Tying The Analyses Together This Book Will Help Students Gain A Better Understanding Of Che S Theoretical Contribution To Revolutionary Literature And The Inspiration That His Life And Guerrilla Warfare Have Provided To Revolutionaries Since The SThis Volume Is An Invaluable Addition To Courses In Latin American Studies And Political Science

Ernesto Che Guevara, commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was a Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, since his death Guevara s stylized visage has become an ubiquitous countercultural symbol and global icon within popular culture.His belief in the necessity of world revolution to advance the interests of the poor prompted his involvement in Guatemala s social reforms under President Jacobo Arbenz, whose eventual CIA assisted overthrow solidified Guevara s radical ideology Later, while living in Mexico City, he met Ra l and Fidel Castro, joined their movement, and travelled to Cuba with the intention of overthrowing the U.S backed Batista regime Guevara soon rose to prominence among the insurgents, was promoted to second in command, and played a pivotal role in the successful two year guerrilla campaign that topled the Cuban government.After serving in a number of key roles in the new government, Guevara left Cuba in 1965 to foment revolution abroad, first unsuccessfully in Congo Kinshasa and later in Bolivia, where he was captured by CIA assisted Bolivian forces and executed.Guevara remains both a revered and reviled historical figure, polarized in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, memoirs, essays, documentaries, songs, and films Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, while an Alberto Korda photograph of him entitled Guerrillero Heroico, was declared the most famous photograph in the world by the Maryland Institute of Art.

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  • Paperback
  • 440 pages
  • Guerrilla Warfare
  • Ernesto Che Guevara
  • English
  • 16 March 2018
  • 0803270100

10 thoughts on “Guerrilla Warfare

  1. sologdin says:

    Similar to Mao s treatise on guerrilla warfare, this one providespragmatic considerations than something like Sun Tzu but, then again, there s nothing quite like Master Sun.This text includes a somewhat sympathetic introductory essay by a guy who advances a lukewarm critique of Guevara s foco theory of warfare, which is discredited by the mere fact of Guevara s death while enacting same in Bolivia Fair enough.The text itself of the Guerrilla Warfare is likewise accompanied by two essa Similar to Mao s treatise on guerrilla warfare, this one providespragmatic considerations than something like Sun Tzu but, then again, there s nothing quite like Master Sun.This text includes a somewhat sympathetic introductory essay by a guy who advances a lukewarm critique of Guevara s foco theory of warfare, which is discredited by the mere fact of Guevara s death while enacting same in Bolivia Fair enough.The text itself of the Guerrilla Warfare is likewise accompanied by two essays, not of doctrinal, but of historical value, Guerrilla Warfare A Method and Message to the Tricontinental The main essay extracts three basic propositions from the Cuban Revolution and seeks to generalize them guerrillas can defeat regular militaries the guerrillas can create marxism s objective revolutionary conditions and rural areas are the principal theatre of armed operations, all enunciated on page one, and developed thereafter with some rigor.The text carries out polemics, mostly sub rosa to the non leftist, with various schools of leftwing thought, including both ultraleftists and proto reformist liberal types.Douchebags like to accuse Guevara of being a murderer Maybe so but not on the basis of this text, which intones Where a government has come into power through some form of popular vote, fraudulent or not, and maintains at least an appearance of constitutional legality, the guerrilla outbreak cannot be promoted, since the possibilities of peaceful struggle have not yet been exhausted My own position is that fraudulent elections authorize a violent response by the electorate against the state or the authors of the fraud, anyway, if distinct from the state , but I suppose Mr Guevara is a pacifist in comparison to reckless losers like me.There is little concern with Clauswitzian analysis here no center of gravity rather, the guerrilla objective is to completely destroy the state s military power The end goal is always the assumption of political power on behalf of the working peoples here, the rural proletariat and the peasants, who are the principal audience of Guevara s ideas.For topical interest only, there s a nice set of distinctions regarding sabotage terrorism the former is unequivocally valuable when the target is correct ridiculous to carry out sabotage against a soft drink factory which, incidentally, some maoists actually did a few years back in Nepal WTF YOU DIDNT NOT REDES GAVARA , whereas the latter is valueless in its indiscriminate forms, and possesses value only to the extent that it is used to put to death some noted leader of the oppressing forces well known for his cruelty, his efficiency in repression, or some other quality I one up Mr Guevara by noting that his sole example of approved terrorism is actually assassination, which is quite a bit diffierent.There s aconceptually, plus much detailed discussion of being part of a guerrilla group I liked the suburban warfare section, and it s nice to see his cutesy diagrams of how to make a molotov cocktain gun.Recommended highly for leftists, peasants, and college students suffering from ennui

  2. Frank says:

    Many college kids have the classic image of Che Guevara either posted on their wall or t shirt as a symbol of revolution and non conformism, but few really know much about him This book is his 1960 detailing of how to fight a populist guerrilla war against a powerful government I got it while I was in Army basic training from the PX and my drill sergeants almost flipped out when the found it in my locker It suseful as an understanding of this type of warfare, than a how to, though if yo Many college kids have the classic image of Che Guevara either posted on their wall or t shirt as a symbol of revolution and non conformism, but few really know much about him This book is his 1960 detailing of how to fight a populist guerrilla war against a powerful government I got it while I was in Army basic training from the PX and my drill sergeants almost flipped out when the found it in my locker It suseful as an understanding of this type of warfare, than a how to, though if you ever wanted to know how to make a shotgun propelled Molotov cocktail, there is a nice diagram included This book helped shape my thinking about terrorism as a guerrilla tactic, not something you can actually have a war against, and how guerrilla groups need support from the local populations to survive, which is why it was critical to treat those people with utmost respect, and is something I tried to do while I was In Iraq

  3. Tasfia says:

    Well I kinda skim read it BUT the parts that I did read were actually quite interesting I didn t know there were so many ways to plan surprise attacks, but now that I do y all better watch your back P

  4. Chronics says:

    This is a great complimentary book to Che Guevara Reminiscences of a Cuban War and for anyone who truly wants to understand Guevara s ideology and phycology It discusses and tactics and strategies of Guerrila warfare in great detail, from the high level objectives to the practical day to day activities and nuisances To the average reader it may seem slightly obscure if you are not engaged in a guerrilla war and many of the practical guides may seem slightly out of date for example communicati This is a great complimentary book to Che Guevara Reminiscences of a Cuban War and for anyone who truly wants to understand Guevara s ideology and phycology It discusses and tactics and strategies of Guerrila warfare in great detail, from the high level objectives to the practical day to day activities and nuisances To the average reader it may seem slightly obscure if you are not engaged in a guerrilla war and many of the practical guides may seem slightly out of date for example communication with presumably be easier in most parts of the world with mobile phones but for the reader who is interested it is a fairly simple task to translate the conditions Guevara raises into a modern urban guerrila war Here I do not refer to the type of wars we are seeing in Aleppo, which I do not presume to be able to put into context with this book, butto type of underground war being waged in many western countries against an exploitative capitalist system Concepts such as the raising of the political education of the local population could be applied to boroughs or regions in cities today or the need for flexible and continuously evolving tactics Overall, regardless of your own personal ideology, for any student of Guevara I would consider this a must read , its a fairly short book, and at times it may struggle to hold the readers interest, but to truly understand the authors convictions and mentality which to the reader will need to be able to extract and deduce for themselves there is much to be gained from this book and I would highly recommend it, but it should kept in mind that this is intended as a literal guide to guerilla warfare

  5. Nick Black says:

    Read during my early teenage revolutionary days, and largely what put an end to them it became clear that revolution was a dirty, cold business most unlike a video game, largely the interest of people I d likely despise and be despised by I couldn t agreewith another reviewer this book isof a historical relic than any relevant manual I d add, though, that it s important insight into the tumult of revolutionary Central and South America from the 50 s through the 70 s, and perh Read during my early teenage revolutionary days, and largely what put an end to them it became clear that revolution was a dirty, cold business most unlike a video game, largely the interest of people I d likely despise and be despised by I couldn t agreewith another reviewer this book isof a historical relic than any relevant manual I d add, though, that it s important insight into the tumult of revolutionary Central and South America from the 50 s through the 70 s, and perhaps even useful to understand some modern leaders although assuming overmuch insight would bedangerous than anything

  6. Brad says:

    Interesting as a historical document but kind of dry It s mostly an instruction manual so it really doesn t make for good reading.

  7. Andy Carrington says:

    My mate s Commie mum lent it some 6 years ago I want it back

  8. Zarina says:

    In addition to talking about the tactics of guerrilla warfare, some of which are no longer relevant, it also talks about its goals, the necessity of violence in the seizure of power, and the conditions necessary for revolution I would ve liked that the book focus on the latter, but it s understandable given Che s role in Cuba s revolution that he writes what he knows best.

  9. Ayushman says:

    This is a good operational manual on conducting guerrilla warfare The author however relies too much on the ability of the revolutionaries to win the population over to the cause and was probably why he was unsuccessful and killed in Bolivia Always carry salt and shoes.

  10. Roisin says:

    This book is a series of documents the first written in 1960, the last a pamphlet published in English a few months before Che Guevara was killed, a South American revolutionary and hero.The book looks at guerrilla warfare in particular fighting in places of a similar landscape to South America and elsewhere He talks about tactics and how to survive as a fighter which clearly comes from experience He extols the rights of ordinary people to rule themselves and not to be lead by colonialists, wi This book is a series of documents the first written in 1960, the last a pamphlet published in English a few months before Che Guevara was killed, a South American revolutionary and hero.The book looks at guerrilla warfare in particular fighting in places of a similar landscape to South America and elsewhere He talks about tactics and how to survive as a fighter which clearly comes from experience He extols the rights of ordinary people to rule themselves and not to be lead by colonialists, with poor attitudes in particular America towards native, indigenous people and those who may be very or slightly left of centre in thought He envisioned socialist revolution not only happening throughout South America, but also in Africa.With America s current policy to continue to fund organisations and dictators that attack socialist, democratically elected governments, or left wing groups in countries across the world, e.g.Venezuela, Morocco, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Egypt, the list over the last 40 50 years is endless , these essays would feel fresh and still relevant, if it wasn t for the change in technology and how warfare is fought now Some parts feel dated because of this.Che could never anticipate the importance of aircraft technology, which he is dismissive about, or the use of drones in our digital age He writes with passion, sometimes dry and is idealistic, but sometimes realism enters advocating rules and certain behaviour Like law breaking soldiers in Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves, guerrilla fighters too must be disciplined when necessary, with a chilling example Che advocates female fighters and the benefits of this among ways to live, ways to fight and how to survive in difficult terrains Here we can learn what it takes to be a fighter and how one thinks.When Che went to Bolivia he wasn t expecting a well equipped US, CIA trained army He was killed by such fighters in 1967 His last words were supposed to be, I know you ve come to kill me Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man Whatever the truth, the man is dead, yet the legend lives on in the hearts and minds of would be revolutionaries throughout the world A chilling and fascinating read

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