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"Che's insights are just as alive today as they were when he first wrote them down in 1960, and his work has been placed alongside that of Mao Tse-Tung and Vo Nguyen Giap. Armed struggle, based on the Cuban example of hit-and-run tactics by small and mobile rural partisan bands is, he argues, the proper path to revolution in Latin America."-Latin America in Books. "Among Cuban revolutionary leaders, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara was unique in discerning that the Cuban Revolution could be a powerful influence in promoting insurgency elsewhere in Latin American."-American Historical Review. This indispensable book includes three of Che Guevara's most influential essays describing his tactical philosophy of fighting a guerrilla war in Latin America. "Guerrilla Warfare," written in 1960, outlines Guevara's doctrine for guerrilla fighters, especially against Caribbean-style dictatorships. In "Guerrilla Warfare: A Method" (1963) and "Message to the Tricontinental" (1967), Guevara modified some of his earlier tenets. These latter two works move away from his earlier dogmatism, suggesting that Marxist revolution was possible even in purportedly democratic regimes. All three essays reflect his deeply held belief that a small, rural-based guerrilla army could trigger a revolution. Introducer Marc Becker is a visiting scholar at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and the author of Mariátegui and Latin American Marxist Theory.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Latin American Studies
For teaching purposes this volume is extremely worthwhile. The evaluation of guerrilla experiences is on the whole judicious, the prose highly readable, and the package coherent.
The Bookwatch
A fine document describing the struggles in seven South American countries, this remains a useful tool in today's world.
Journal Of International Law and Politics
This interesting book is more than a mere translation of Che Guevara's handbook on how to be a guerrilla fighter. Rather, the translation of Guevara's historic work, Guerrilla Warfare, and two of his later pieces, 'Guerrilla Warfare: A Method" and "Message to the Tricontinental," are nestled between an informative and well-developed introduction and essays describing the struggles in seven South American countries whose guerrilla movements were inspired by Che Guevara's writings and beliefs. . . . This work is quite useful for anyone who desires to understand the struggles occurring around the world today.
Hispanic American Historical Review
Aside from Che's own compelling rhetoric, the case histories demonstrate Che's influence and the application of his analysis in very specific terms. . . . Those who teach courses on the Third World or on the history of Latin America since World War II should welcome this volume.
Latin America In Books
Che's insights are just as alive today as they were when he first wrote them down in 1960.
Journal Of Latin American Studies
For teaching purposes this volume is extremely worthwhile. The evaluation of guerrilla experiences is on the whole judicious, the prose highly readable, and the package coherent.
Che Guevara's book was originally published in 1960, the written output of a revolutionary who had proved his talents in the real world. His text includes sections on propaganda, sabotage, the role of the woman, and the guerilla fighter as social reformer, and an epilogue in which he analyzes the events leading to the Cuban Revolution of 1959 and the possible future of revolutionary ideals in the Americas. Che's book, accompanied by introductory matter and case studies by Brian Loveman and Thomas M. Davies, Jr., was published by U. of Nebraska Press in 1985; in this third edition, the introduction and case studies have been revised and updated and contain new perspectives on Che's life and political impact, the situation in Latin America, the United States' reaction to both, and the application of Che's theories on revolution to the political situation in seven Latin American countries from the 1960s to the present. Paper edition unseen, $21.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842026789
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Latin American Silhouettes Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 458
  • Sales rank: 829,440
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernesto Che Guevara (1928–1967) was born in Rosario, Argentina, and became attracted to Marxist theory after witnessing the conditions in South America as a young medical student. He went on to serve as a military advisor to Fidel Castro and as guerrilla commander against Batista forces during the Cuban Revolution. After Castro’s insurgent victory, he served in various posts but left the Cuban government to take the ideas of the Cuban revolution around the world. He later took part in guerrilla action in Bolivia, where he was executed by government forces. Nearly a half century after his death, Che remains a potent revolutionary and cultural figure.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 I Introduction—Guerrilla Warfare, Revolutionary Theory, and Revolutionary Movements in Latin America Part 2 II Che on Guerrilla Warfare Chapter 3 Guerrilla Warfare (1960) Chapter 4 "Guerrilla Warfare: A Method" (1963) Chapter 5 "Message to the Tricontinental" (1967) Part 6 III Case Studies of Guerrilla Movements and Political Change Chapter 7 Guatemala Chapter 8 Venezuela Chapter 9 Colombia Chapter 10 Peru Chapter 11 Bolivia Chapter 12 Nicaragua Chapter 13 El Salvador Part 14 Postscript—Guerrilla Warfare into the 1990s

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    Posted May 30, 2002


    This book was excellent!!! Definately buy it.

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