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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: www.bnpublishing.com (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 956310014X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9563100143
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 22 Sep 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was written by Mao Zedong (1893-1976) in 1937, as he was waging a guerrilla war against the occupying army of Imperial Japan. Having already had ten years guerrilla experience, Mao was already an expert, and in this book he beautifully explains his basic strategy and tactics. He covers everything from why guerrilla activities should be integrated with conventional military activity, how guerrilla units should be organized, and how they should operate.
When I first picked up this slim book, I must admit that I wasn't expecting too much. Indeed, Mao's stress on guerrilla activity as part of a larger conventional war struck me as somewhat limiting. But, as I read, I got to see the beauty and simplicity of what he was describing.
Is it hyperbole to say that this book should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in guerrilla warfare - past and present? I think not. This is a great work on the subject, and should rightly be considered a military classic. I highly - indeed, very highly - recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov 2009
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I was surprised at Mao's lucidity and lack of political indoctrination present in the volume. It is simply a decent analysis of guerilla warfare and the introduction by the translator (mine was a reprint of the original US translation from 1961, so pre-Vietnam war) was quite insightful and provided a glimpse of the state of debate on the topic back then.

Th book is neither a political propagada piece, nor a detailed tactical manual (although some elements of the latter, such as unit sizes, organisation etc. are present) but provides a simple and relatively timeless framework for dealing with a much stronger enemy, be that in military or civilian pursuits.

While not as good a read as some of Che's writing (such as An African Dream: the Diaries of the Revolutionary in the Congo (Panther)), or von Lettow Vorbeck (My Reminiscences of East Africa 2004), it deserves to be read for the massive significance that the book had on world events in the second half of the 20th century.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Dodd on 29 Oct 2010
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After reading this book more than once, one can only say that Mao Tse Tung, in relation to his theories on military strategy and guerrilla warfare, is nothing short than a military genius.
He covers important aspects not on speculation, but on first-hand experience and Scientific analysis specifically in reference to his theory of "Protracted Peoples War".
The argument that slowly a revolutionary army should create liberated zones, and through those liberated zones, educate the people and persuade them to fight for the revolutionary cause, is once more, believable and more Scientific than when compared to other strategic theories written on this type of warfare.

Mao Tse Tung's work in this book is invaluable and should be required reading for all people who wish to effectively defend their homeland from foreign invasion or intevention. This book in particular with an introduction by Samuel L Griffin, a former major General of the US Military, is especially profound. Griffin keeps his introduction objective, although it is also clear, that he admires Mao Tse Tung and considers him an intellectual when writing on military strategy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean T. Page on 20 April 2012
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The book is written in the context of China's guerrilla war against Japanese occupiers; this conflict is mentioned often by Mao.

In this book Mao discusses the differences between guerrilla and `orthodox' military forces, as well as how such forces can work together for a common goal. Other topics covered include propaganda and political concerns, the formation of guerrilla units, the qualities of a good guerrilla officer, discipline in a guerrilla army, and guerrilla bases.

Not easy reading this one but it is a short book and therein lies one of its strengths. It's punchy, concise and essential reading.

Not all of the lessons are appropriate for the war nowadays but there is enough in there to make it worth an afternoon of note-taking.
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