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5.0 out of 5 stars Radical Chic at its Chicest
It's all so long ago. I remember sitting under an eucalyptus tree in Ethiopia in 1982 and listening to Marxist-Leninist Internationalism and how peasants who had never seen an industry or a capitalist were being exploited by the forces of imperialism. Reading the classic books of Che Guevara and his obsessive dreams of emancipation by guerillas, it is almost like an...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historical Piece of Literature
The book itself specifically states that a lot of these ideas do not hold up in modern society. Which is perfect, because I bought it fully knowing that. With this knowledge, buy the book and learn about a time in the world when this was reasonable thought, and Mr. Guevara was a genuine threat. The feeling of revolution runs deep through his writings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Radical Chic at its Chicest, May 12 2003
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Cecil Fox (Little Rock, AR United States) - See all my reviews
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It's all so long ago. I remember sitting under an eucalyptus tree in Ethiopia in 1982 and listening to Marxist-Leninist Internationalism and how peasants who had never seen an industry or a capitalist were being exploited by the forces of imperialism. Reading the classic books of Che Guevara and his obsessive dreams of emancipation by guerillas, it is almost like an exposition on the devine rights of kings or a doctrine of a flat earth. But if you know the rest of the story about this man you expect all the things he says. It all fits in with the battle of Santa Clara, his dreams of turning the Congo into Cuba or inspiring Bolivian farmers to unite in the dream of transforming the old and corrupt into something beautiful and new. I think that this book should be a required part of a liberal education, not because it preaches bloody revolution but rather that Che Guevara is an icon of our times, martyred, mutilated and buried in a field by people who would never understand why he made the sacrifices he did or even what he wanted to say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A guerilla outline, April 15 2002
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Che Guevara's "Guerilla Warfare" is an excellent read invaluable to those studying latin american history, guerilla warfare and/or Guevara himself.
This is not, as Guevara put it, a guerilla warfare bible; it is a guide or outline that's meant to be improved on. He covers topics from the basics of guerilla strategy, proper guerilla conduct to what equipment to bring the field.
Guevara's book is very, very fascinating. You don't have to be a military strategist, a communist or guerilla fighter to enjoy this book. He wrote it in a very clear and consice manner that's easy to read. I think people of all backgrounds will find this book engrossing.
Again, "Guerilla Warfare" is an excellent read and fleshes out even more the man on every disgruntled anarchist's t-shirt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guerrilla Warfare, Jan. 30 2002
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Kevin Williams (Six Nations, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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I recall reading this book in highschool years ago as a study of the political climate during the 1960s (ironic considering that this book was written long before much of what the 60s were remembered as ever happened), and I've got say that it's still quite relevent, and important today.
I tend not to believe in the myth surrounding the freedom fighter know as Ernesto "Che" Guevara, but there is no denying his ability to write a handbook relating to the revolutionary ethics which he had used during the 1959 overthrow of the Batista dictatorship (which put Fidel Castro into power in Cuba).
Though little more than a rehash of the many revolutionary handbooks which currently exist (Abbie Hoffman's "Steal This Book", "The Warrior's Handbook" by Louis Hall, etc.) it's a great read none the less.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Book, June 17 2002
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A fine introduction to Che, the man, the revolutionary and his rhetoric. The material is comprehensive and objective. Moreover, it is well written and engaging.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historical Piece of Literature, Aug. 18 2012
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The book itself specifically states that a lot of these ideas do not hold up in modern society. Which is perfect, because I bought it fully knowing that. With this knowledge, buy the book and learn about a time in the world when this was reasonable thought, and Mr. Guevara was a genuine threat. The feeling of revolution runs deep through his writings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very detailed war book, May 17 2002
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This is very detailed about technics of war. While many of these techniques are out of date it is still applicable in some respects. But if your not a Marxist or native american I would buy another book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, as a historical document., Dec 12 2001
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Micah Bales (Washington, DC) - See all my reviews
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I would recommend this book in a study of Cuba or of Latin American history in general. I would not, however, recommend this book for 'fun reading' or any truly useful insight into modern politics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Principles of guerrilla warfare, Aug. 17 2001
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Part theoretical treatise, part manual for guerilla tactics and strategy, Che Guevara, in his thesis, attempts to provide a formula for the creation and of a small, armed and disciplined guerrilla band which, he believes, would be capable of overthrowing a large organised army. The book is animated by an impassioned desire to whip up a hemispheric socialist revolution in the aftermath of his succesful invasion of Cuba in 1956, in which he, along with Fidel Castro, among others, set the stage for the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship. Guevara discusses the qualities needed by the successful guerrilla warrior, the organisation of the guerrilla band, the methods of indoctrination and training and the tactics that should be employed to guarantee the defeat of large disciplined forces. He stresses the mobility of the guerrilla band, which is a major geographical advantage over large government armies, who are limited to a relatively stationary position due to their bulk. While the enemy loses weapons, the guerrillas retrieve them, thus gaining strength by virtue of the enemy's weakness. He draws attention to the fact that, owing to their increased mobility and flexibility, the guerrillas can remain hidden, while the enemy has no option but to remain exposed. These are precepts of solid value, culled out from Guevara's own experience as organiser of a guerrilla force. His boldest theoretical claim, however, which may be called Marxist-Leninist in its orientation, is the belief that a socialist society can be realised by the peasants, Indians and rural proletariat of Latin America without any of the economic conditions that, as orthodox Marxists insist, are essential for a successful revolution against capitalism. The guerrilla forces, as such, become the vanguard of the revolution. His emphasis on the will, instincts, popular support (and, in a way that was ahead of his time, ethnic consciousness) as the key factors in causing a revolution goes against the tenor of previous Latin American brands of communism, which were more gradualist in character, in seeing that a sufficient economic and industrial base must be in place for any revolution to succeed. The defeatism of various Marxist theoreticians of the time leads Guevara to become increasingly virulent, not only against them, but against American imperialism. In his "Address to the Tricontinental" he condemns American imperialism and insists on causing "two, three, or many Vietnams" in the hope of driving a stake through the heart of American imperialism. However, Che Guevara's voluntarist practice and his theory of internationalist revolution have come to be seen as hopelessly outdated. His "foco" theory of guerrilla warfare has been overtaken by events, after it had disastrously failed to be applied in several Latin American countries. Guevara himself lost his life in 1967, after a failed guerrilla uprising in Bolivia, in which he attempted to put his theory into practice. Another weakness was that Guevara had generalised a very unique experience, -- the invasion of Cuba, -- into a normative standard for any successful insurrection. To many in the present generation, the idea of revolution has itself come to be seen as a dead-end or, at worst, a joke. Nevertheless, Che's life, a shining spark in the era of protest, violence, idealism and revolution, serves as a lesson in when to revolt, in how to refuse to be treated as an outcast and a servant, and in how dedicated a man can be in his struggle against the unjust social order that tyrannically oppresses its most disadvantaged members. It was not Cohn-Bendit, but Che Guevara whom Jean-Paul Sartre called "the most complete man of his time" in his selfless dedication, his courage, his vision and in the Christ-like sacrifice of his own life for the poor and downtrodden in whom he believed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Che, May 22 2000
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Someone once said that "sometimes man gets himself into a log-jam. the only way to clear that jam is with violence" The ideology expressed in this book shows us that there isn't always a peaceful resolution to oppression. And that is when we must take up arms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guerrilla Warfare-Hasta Victoria Siempre!, April 9 2000
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7 stars actually! Excellent manual for the coming of age revolutionary, or one who wants to study what Guevara had to say about irregular warfare, and a critique of imperialist forces...This is a must read!
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