Guerrillaby David Rooney
The history of guerrilla warfare is complex and murky, but it comes alive when it is
In an age where one man can mastermind a campaign of terror worldwide, the methods of the guerrilla have, to the western world, become synonymous with terrorism. This book shows that while one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, there are many shades in between.
The history of guerrilla warfare is complex and murky, but it comes alive when it is focused on the ideas and actions of charismatic leaders who added their own passion, and had the courage and leadership skills to put their theories and those of others into practice.
The aims of a guerrilla leader can be as varied as the causes they fought for and the time and circumstances of their struggle, but in general remain constant: to rid a society, country or even the world of an occupation or presence perceived to be unjust, imposed or alien. Religion, political and socio-economic theory, patriotism and nation-building, separatism, military liberation and pure terror have all played a role in the mission of the guerrilla. Some great guerrilla leaders were men who started as guerrillas and fought their way upwards until, through the force of their vision and ideology, they impacted profoundly upon the very focus of their social and political enmity. Among the foremost of these in the twentieth century were Mao Zedong and Tito, but equally interesting, because he learned the wrong lessons from his guerrilla experience, is Che Guevara.
Others, from the Maccabees of Judea through to Lawrence of Arabia, had as their objective the more conventional disruption of military and political occupation. Some fought for 'empires'; others against. But guerrilla warfare is not confined to the past; a disparate range of rebel groups still operate in search of their aims, and today there is one man who fits all the criteria of a guerrilla leader of the modern age - Osama Bin Laden - and the historical coverage, stretching back through medieval and Roman times as far as King David, is brought right up to date by his inclusion.
Highly readable and thought-provoking, with vivid depictions of characters and topics as well as lucid explanation of the art of guerrilla warfare, Guerrilla is a complete study of history's most famous exponents of rebellion, insurgency and terrorism.
- Brassey's UK, Limited
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- 6.40(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.00(d)
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