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Guerrillas: Journeys in the Insurgent World

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Prior to gaining international renown for his definitive biography of Che Guevara and first-hand reporting on the war in Iraq for the New Yorker, Jon Lee Anderson wrote Guerrillas, a pioneering account of five diverse insurgent movements around the world?the mujahedin of Afghanistan, the FMLN of El Salvador, the Karen of Burma, the Polisario of Western Sahara, and a group ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Penguin Books (first published 1992)
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My opinion of this book, after only 20 pages, was that it was horrible. Having completed it, that initial opinion is wholly confirmed.

The author is imperialistic and definitely has a colonial outlook, especially as it regards Western Sahara. He fails to ever look at himself or his own Western culture, never turning his microscope onto his own preconceptions, sympathies and nationalism. He never questions how symbols are used by the guerillas and their followers, nor does he ever look outside the
This is very clearly a book that was a product of a pre-9/11 world. Anderson looks at five different guerilla groups: Western Sahara's Polisario Front, the Karen of Burma, the mujahadeen of Afghanistan, the Palestinians in Gaza, and the FMLA of El Salvador.

Parts of this book were really insightful and useful, and opened my mind to ideas and expressions I hadn't properly considered. The rest was garbage. I found the descriptions of people as "exotic" troublesome, and I felt the portrayal of women
George Richard
Good book, Focus on three different Guerrilla movements the Polisaro in Morocco, indigenous tribesmen in Burma and rebels in central America. More about their lives aspirations and the systems they have built and maintain to reject their oppressors.
Hunter Marston
A really interesting in-field report on some groups most people wouldn't be able to communicate with! A rare and objective psychological portrait, if at times risking slight romanticization.
Valena Arguello
This book gives the accounts of many guerrilla forces spanning the globe, very interesting!

chilling, lucid, true.
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