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  • Posted August 16, 2010

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    The Father of Modern Insurgency

    If you have an intrest in what is going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, and want an insight into the guerillas and the insurgency then get this book. Mao who wrote this while he was fighting the Japanesse and Chaing-Kishak, then this primary or bible of guerilla fighting is for you. Mao's insights and basic rules are easily applicable to any start up revolt. The book is easy to read nothing is complex and is simple in it's rules of conduct on how to be successful for an insurgent. If you are in the military regardless of preparing for a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan this is worthly for professional development. If you are a fan of history it's insight into the simple philosophy of the man who took over China and how he did it. After reading it, it made me more aware and easier to pick out insurgencies that are in the news. What motivates them and how they are trying to be successful. I highly recommend this book for the serious historian and the military professional.

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

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    In the midst of seemingly perpetual conflicts, it's interesting to understand the nuanced nature of war and the variety of views that are used to justify action that steps beyond non-violent resistance. On Guerilla Warfare vividly illustrates the desperation that leads a group of people to resort to guerilla tactics. Rather than simply demonizing guerilla fighters as a disruption to efforts in attaining some form of global tranquility, Mao Tse-tung explains the mindset of the guerilla fighter.

    Translated by Samuel B. Griffith II, On Guerilla Warfare provides a concise venture into the mindset of a guerilla fighter. Extending beyond a simple explanation of tactics, Mao Tse-tung explains the delicate balance between the guerilla as a soldier and the guerilla as an activist/organizer. Although brief in nature, the book manages to explain the realities of guerilla warfare rather than perpetuating the stereotype of the hardened, professional traipsing through the jungle.

    Tse-tung explains the many facets of guerilla warfare including organizational structure, overarching strategy, methods of resupply, and recruitment. In addition Tse-tung delineates the varying methods through which guerillas can be utilized alongside regular military troops. Although On Guerilla Warfare is full of information on the technicalities of military insurgency, it also peppered with inspirational and philosophical knowledge regarding the nature of resistance.

    Personally, I think On Guerilla Warfare is useful information for any soldier. It explains the mindset of the guerilla fighter (or the insurgent fighter) and illuminates the similarities in tactics between traditional and non-traditional soldiers. Tse-tung brings a certain sense of relevance in showing that war is not simply a one-sided endeavor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    I couldn't disagree more.

    Mao's idea's on guerrilla warfare are outdated and culturally specific. Mao's treatise, though important as one of the seminal works of guerrilla theory, is a mire of ideological rhetoric and thinly veiled posturings, going so far as to discuss the potentiality of a 'Japanese' communisty revolution. Nevertheless, it is an important work, and defines key frameworks.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

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    Was an okay read...

    I would look to the Sub-Tzu books; but this is fairly good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    Guerilla Warfare At Its Best

    Mao's thoughts on conducting Guerilla Warfare are still compatible in the 21st Century.

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