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Guerrilla Warfare

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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."—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 Lati
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 2006 by Dover Publications (first published 1960)
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He is ready to give his life, but the positive quality of this guerrilla warfare is precisely that each one of the guerrilla fighters is ready to die, not to defend an ideal, but rather the convert it to reality.

Guerrilla Warfare by Che Guevara is the book of standards and tactics for guerrilla warfare for the 1960s. Guevara needs no introduction. He is either loved or hated with very few people not taking sides.

Although dated in terms of weapons and the lay of the land after fifty years, the bo
As out of date as this book is, it is still of use for a historical and psychological look at the tactics of the guerrilla warrior.

Che's basic principles are simple - any guerrilla force, if properly trained and motivated and with popular support, can overthrow an unpopular repressive government and replace it with one which represents the popular will. Che's record was 1 for 3. Cuba being an unequivocal success, with the Congo less so, and Bolivia ending in his own death.

Some of his principles
Similar to Mao's treatise on guerrilla warfare, this one provides more pragmatic considerations than something like Sun Tzu (but, then again, there's nothing quite like Master Sun).

This text includes a somewhat sympathetic introductory essay by a guy who advances a lukewarm critique of Guevara's foco theory of warfare, which is discredited by the mere fact of Guevara's death while enacting same in Bolivia. Fair enough.

The text itself of the *Guerrilla Warfare* is likewise accompanied by two essa
Many college kids have the classic image of Che Guevara either posted on their wall or t-shirt as a symbol of revolution and non-conformism, but few really know much about him. This book is his 1960 detailing of how to fight a populist guerrilla war against a powerful government. I got it while I was in Army basic training from the PX and my drill sergeants almost flipped out when the found it in my locker. It's more useful as an understanding of this type of warfare, than a how-to, though if yo ...more
Well I kinda skim read it... BUT the parts that I did read were actually quite interesting.
I didn't know there were so many ways to plan surprise attacks, but now that I do... y'all better watch your back :P
Nick Black
Read during my early teenage revolutionary days, and largely what put an end to them -- it became clear that revolution was a dirty, cold business most unlike a video game, largely the interest of people I'd likely despise and be despised by. I couldn't agree more with another reviewer -- this book is more of a historical relic than any relevant manual. I'd add, though, that it's important insight into the tumult of revolutionary Central and South America from the 50's through the 70's, and perh ...more
This book is a series of documents the first written in 1960, the last a pamphlet published in English a few months before Che Guevara was killed, a South American revolutionary and hero.

The book looks at guerrilla warfare in particular fighting in places of a similar landscape to South America and elsewhere. He talks about tactics and how to survive as a fighter which clearly comes from experience. He extols the rights of ordinary people to rule themselves and not to be lead by colonialists, wi
Interesting as a historical document but kind of dry. It's mostly an instruction manual so it really doesn't make for good reading.
Lawrence Hung
A short but deep book by an enigmatic and charismatic revolutionary leader of the world - Ernesto Guveara or Che by his nickname. In this book Che theorized the nature, strategy and tactics of guerrilla warfare, and to an amazing degree, getting out some of the very details. For examples, the nature of the guerrilla warfare is one of the people that doesn't require all the revolutionary conditions ripe to fruition, that these conditions are but derived from the ongoing energy of guerrilla warfar ...more
Those with an academic interest in guerrilla warfare or Latin American history would do well to seek out the Loveman-Davies edition of this book. It includes not only the original (English-translated) text of "Guerrilla Warfare," but also two later essays that show Guevara's progression from an essentially "people's war" theorist to his better-known theory of "foco" (small-unit) guerrilla warfare.

But the real value of this edition lies with the numerous case studies that Loveman & Davies hav
Doug Peterson
Worth reading, to dispel the myth from reality. Turns out Che was a purist of sorts, but didn't follow his own advice.
On one hand, he did not thrive on violence; he fomented revolution, but did seek to minimize killing.
- opposed to terrorism (rarely proportional benefit for the costs incurred), but a great proponent of sabotage. Primary target: communications, and lines of communication. Two categories: National- must be strategic target, and only at the right time. Other category was more tacti
Simple but not outstanding, uilding alot on Tzun zu, move like fish among fishes,
alot of ideas that doesnt get straightened out fully, more of people managing in the field then of actually small groups tactic, more over basic strategic thinking for a geurilla hearts and minds then a insurgency operation

worth reading, but remember he died chased down by Bolivian & u.s special forces...
Che Guevara was an incredibly intelligent man and learned the art of guerrilla warfare being a guerrilla. He spent most of his adult life in pursuit of the perfect guerrilla war which ultimately led to his death. This is a great read for any student of Latin America, especially one that specializes in the many revolutions that have transpired in this region. Anyone studying modern insurgency warfare would do well to read this in combination with Mao's The Art of War. I also recommend it for anyo ...more
Mohamad Dahrouj
كتاب قديم الطراز يعالج في قسمه الاول الحرب الثورية او حرب العصابات مرتكزا علی التجربة الكوبية التي هو احد ابطالها.
ويدخل في تفاصيل مملة عفا عليها الزمن . اما القسم الثاني فهو عبارة عن مقالات متبعثرة لا رابط بينها .
في الكتاب بعض الأفكار المفيدة لكنها قليلة نسبة لحجم الكتاب ونسبة لاسم الكاتب الكبير.
قد يكون تغير الزمان وكذلك الجغرافيا وطبيعة السكان وتطور السلاح ووفرته اثر علی القدرة من الاستفادة من هذا الكتاب .
Dennis Cassidy
Che Guevara is great, and this book does offer insight into the mind of the communist revolutionary. This is good to read if you aren't familiar with the Cuban revolution and are swayed by the bullshit floating around the US airways (such as calling Che a "terrorist," even though strategically they were recruiting the villagers that the Cuban military was terrorizing).

However, this book really could have used a ghost writer. It's repetitive (the phrase "avoid encirclement" must be used 100 times
Che's manual on guerrilla warfare is more of a historical relic than a pragmatic or philosophical work at this point. The book was written for a very specific purpose, which has little bearing on the situation in the US right now.

Nevertheless there are some interesting concepts and strategic lessons here.

For example, the "seven golden rules" could be applied creatively and nonviolently in many situations:

1. Do not engage in a fight that cannot be won.
2. Move continuously, hit and run.
3. Use the
Guerrilla Warfare is sure to be a very handy primer for rural (as opposed to urban) guerrillas, but, for the rest of us, it is nothing more than a highly readable primary source on rural revolutionary tactics and strategy. Readers who are interested in Che's personal take on the Cuban Revolution should instead look for a copy of Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War, and those who are interested in the life of Che himself should pick up one of Che's more reputable biographies, be it Jon L ...more
Great if you actually want to start a Guerilla war. Otherwise, not incredibly interesting. It is very practical.
Dan Santos
To the trained military person, this sort of manual is very disappointing. First of all it is almost entirely plagiarized from Mao; not that Mao was such a great writer. Suffice it to say that Ernesto Che Guevara could not possibly give credence to the principles he was trying to teach in this book. He was killed defying the very premise to which he subscribed: guerilla warfare, for it to be victorious, must be waged by the indigenous populace. Guevara defied this principle by waging guerrilla w ...more
An interesting and outdated book on resisting an organized army as part of a liberation struggle. Read this book and you will know:

* Why the cobbler is the most important member of the armed struggle

* Why discipline is the most important aspect of the guerilla fighter

* Why respect for women is essential to a successful revolution

* How to properly praise Fidel Castro

* What it was like for a Central American band of guerillas in the middle of the 20th century

* Why bullets are ultimately more impor
-Tanto el contenido como la propia obra son productos de su tiempo, pero se siguen revisando.-

Género. Ensayo.

Lo que nos cuenta. Manual sobre guerra de guerrillas que analiza el fenómeno desde las perspectivas de su tiempo, tanto a nivel estratégico como táctico, el despliegue en territorios amistosos u hostiles, su organización y un análisis de la situación en la Cuba del tiempo del autor y su visión sobre posible evolución del entorno.

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Arjun Chandrasekhar
Could be described as a handbook to guerrilla warfare. Gives A to Z lessons on how to begin,organize and wage a guerrilla warfare. I must admit that the book is a compilation of the so called Guerrilla tactics which are completely irrelevant and useless in the present scenario. One can also find heavy doses of Marxism protruding out even in lines of technical description. this book can't be perfect, for if it were how did che got executed by a drunken Bolivian army man(he could have implemented ...more
Apr 19, 2007 Gustavo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone interested in cuban history
I found this book to hold both philosophical significance as well as historical insight into the emergence of the Cuban revolution. More than anything it was an instruction manual for guerrilla warfare based on the actual experience of Che and the Cuban revolutionaries. In that sense its transformed into a history book. It takes you through their practical fighting strategies but also to the beginnings of a socialist society as they begin to establish cooperatives in their war industry. What I m ...more
Fabio Molinari
ottima guida, peccato per chi vive nella pianura padana
One part pop-culture Marxism, one part "Ranger Rick's Tips, Tricks, and Info." The most ham-handed, junior varsity version of how to conduct guerrilla warfare ever. The only reason these guys won in Cuba was the singular incompetence of Fulgencio Batista. As Che would find out the hard way, the Foco was not a universal method. It also violated the Maoist method, which might be universal. In the end, by applying the methods herein, Che was hunted down and killed by the weakest state in South Amer ...more
Tin Wee
An easy read which covers mainly tactical details of a guerrilla operations, and also touches more strategic considerations like logistics, propaganda, organisation, etc. Obviously, it draws heavily on his Cuban experience to provide a template for such operations and how a guerrilla army adapts to expand as territory is gained and the nature of warfare changes. I find many parallels with what insurgency forces and radical terrorists are trying to achieve.
That's my brother: Although Ernie is my brother, I am giving this book only three stars. Sorry Ernie but no excuses.

The cover is not very imaginative, and does not portray my beard correctly, second a better title would have been "This is your Life Che Guevara" you know like the TV show.

I don't know why I care since I am dead anyway. By the way Ernie don't forget to pick up some cereal for mom she knows that I've been very busy being dead and all

Though dated (and in many ways discredited by historical events following its publication following the Cuban Revolution), Guerilla Warefare offers some interesting insight into the way in which Che's mind works--strict, opininated and (on occassion) wrong thinking. A worthy tome with whcih to gain understanding of how Che determined for himself the best manner in which to exact change in a world he increasingly felt a lack of connection to.
Devin Wallace
Although describing the situation regarding guerilla warfare on an island nations, and using Che's idea of focism, Guerilla Warfare is a useful tool for anyone interested in overthrowing a government. Combining tactics in combat as well as civilian duties and the organization of fighting forces, for someone who was unaware of how a revolution could be fought (and it will), Che's writings were both inspiring and intellectual at the same time.
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Ernesto "Che" Guevara, commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was a Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, since his death Guevara's stylized visage has become an ubiquitous countercultural symbol and global icon within popular culture.

His belief in the necessity of world revolution to adva
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“We must come to the inevitable conclusion that the guerrilla fighter is a social reformer, that he takes up arms responding to the angry protest of the people against their oppressors, and that he fights in order to change the social system that keeps all his unarmed brothers in ignominy and misery.” 0 likes
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