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Encyclopedia of Guerrilla Warfare [Paperback]

I.F.W. Beckett

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Feb 2000
Considers the countries, people, conflicts, and concepts of guerrilla and counter-guerrilla warfare.

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Written with care to present opposing points of view, entries in this illustrated A-Z volume cover topics including:

* Guerrilla warfare from the late eighteenth century to the present
* Countries, wars, revolts, conflicts, movements, leaders, strategies and concepts
* Traditional guerrilla tactics as well as the latest techniques of modern insurgency and counter- insurgency.

Whether you are interested in the Green Berets, the campaigns of Augusto Csar Sandino, the accomplishments of Lawrence of Arabia, the Seminole Wars in Florida, the Russian debacle in Chechnya, look no further than this volume. Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, the self contained entries offer information in an easy to understand manner.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia of Guerrilla Warfare 3 April 2000
By M. Rudominer - Published on Amazon.com
This is one reference book that anyone who considers themselves interested in any of the following topics - history, military studies, international relations, or regional studies - cannot be without. It is a work of genius by one of the leading experts in this field of study.
British military historian Ian F. W. Beckett does a masterful job in examining the issue of guerrilla warfare in both a "readable" as well as comprehensive fashion. This book can be opened up anywhere and the reader will find him or herself enthralled in this fascinating topic.
The professional as well as the simply curious will truly enjoy this book, and it is something that one will just enjoy browsing through. This book will complete any personal or professional reference collection, and will provide hours of fascinating and educational reading enjoyment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Needs less Union Jack worship, and more guerrilla info 15 Jan 2004
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While the book's title would lead one to believe that the primary focus would be on guerrilla warfare, the bulk of th book has little to no info on the tactics (even if only a brief listing) , the politics, nor any real info on various guerrilla strategists (che guevara info less than a paragraph, information on Field Marshall Tito and his tying up more Nazi resources than allied actions in North Africa, paltry info on Chechen guerrilla leaders and tactics, zip on Bosnian leaders/tactics etc). What the book does have is quite a bit of fawning over large (sometime page size) photos of British soldiers staring at the camera (presumably winking at the author) and useless, drawn out (sometime three pages or more which is rather long given the sentences given to just about everything else) explanations of various counter-insurgency terms (but not comprehensive doctrine). Worst of all, the book hardly has any photos (which would make up for its lack of information). Purchase the following books: WAR OF THE FLEA, and the two volume set of Robert Asprey's WAR IN THE SHADOWS!!!!!!!! They provide indepth info on not only the guerrilla groups, but the economic conditions etc that gave birth to them, the demographic compositions (how they affected tactics) as well as counter-insurgency methods used against etc and they both cover from antiquity to the modern era.
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