War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare

War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare

by Robert Taber
     
 

“The guerrilla fights the war of the flea, and his military enemy suffers the dog’s disadvantages: too much to defend; too small, ubiquitous, and agile an enemy to come to grips with.” With these words, Robert Taber began a revolution in conventional military thought that has dramatically impacted the way armed conflicts have been fought

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“The guerrilla fights the war of the flea, and his military enemy suffers the dog’s disadvantages: too much to defend; too small, ubiquitous, and agile an enemy to come to grips with.” With these words, Robert Taber began a revolution in conventional military thought that has dramatically impacted the way armed conflicts have been fought since the book’s initial publication in 1965. Whether ideological, nationalistic, or religious, all guerrilla insurgencies use similar tactics to advance their cause. War of the Flea's timeless analysis of the guerrilla fighter’s means and methods provides a fundamental resource for any reader seeking to understand this distinct form of warfare and the challenge it continues to present to today’s armed forces in the Philippines, Colombia, and elsewhere.

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"[The author has] the odd accolade of being the only American among Castro's defending forces at Playa Giron....He makes an excellent case, a sort of modern Sun Tzu who finds romance in the abstract guerilla formula of juggling time, space, and will."

"Very interesting on the popular level, and a good example of political journalism..."

"Has new relevance as terrorist organizations inspired by new revolutionaries dominate the international security landscape. . . . Reading The War of the Flea is an excellent beginning to understanding the current problems facing the military."

Booknews
In the late 1950s, American investigative journalist Robert Taber marched from Sierra Maestra to Havana with revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. In this reprint of his 1965 text, Taber analyzes the means and methods of the guerilla fighter, likening him to an agile flea, and comparing his enemy to a dog with too much territory to defend. The volume features a new foreword by Bard E. O'Neill (insurgency and revolution studies, National War College). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574885552
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
08/31/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
214
Sales rank:
463,792
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Robert Taber traveled to Cuba in the late 1950s as a CBS investigative journalist to cover the country’s burgeoning revolutionary movement. He became an eyewitness to history as he marched from the Sierra Maestra to Havana with the ragtag revolutionaries, led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, who forced Batista to flee the country. Taber also wrote M-26: Biography of a Revolution.

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