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on 26 July 1999
Most people feel the need to regard this book as an instruction manual. It was intended as such, but as a mature reader, one should take the context into account. This book embodies the spirit of a courageous warrior who's attributes all of us wish we had. This book is recomended not just for those aspiring to revolt against their oppressors, but those who wish to learn of the ideals of one of the greatest men ever born.
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on 21 December 2013
I suspect this book was born out of the need to educate the clueless campesinos, in the Sierra Maestra and beyond, when a quick introduction to guerrilla warfare was required. Thus it is a manual, albeit a short one.
So if you soon intend to pack your bags with revolutionary intentions, you may want to consider finding something with a little more depth, lest you find yourself out of yours.

Indeed the devoted disciples will cry "Nay!". Yes this book has most certainly later been refined to reflect his own experiences and does ameliorate ones knowledge of his life, but only in minute fashion. However if you are interested in Che, you are only a few clicks away from the impeccable "Che: A Revolutionary Life" whence you may pack that "iconic" t-shirt away, as the man himself would most certainly not approve.

Guerrilla Warfare is a short and arguably worthwhile read, but life is equally terse and there are better books to be bothered with.
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on 26 February 2005
In this book, the legendary 'Che' Guevara offers an insight into his preferred methods of guerilla warfare. The man has become without doubt one of the most recognised figures of the 20th Century, and it is books like these that are his legacy, not the legions of students parading in t-shirts emblazoned with his face.
Anybody with even a fleeting interest in this great man are advised to read this book.
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on 16 October 1998
This book gives us the manual needed for revloution. Che hits home with his candid ideas about guerrilla warfare. The case studies that the editors added to this version help to show that the conditions that Che spoke about in Latin America 40 years ago, still exist and that the time for another revolution could be near.
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on 20 March 2013
This book is a great book, it gives the reader an idea of how Che used to think and operate. It also gives you an idea of how they won the war in cuba because he refers to the cuban revolution throughout the book.
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on 30 June 1999
This guerilla warfare manual is a modern day Machiavelian work . . . a here and now Prince, CHE is a brilliant writer and i suggest looking into an other of his writing's about his motor cylce trip through south america at the age of 24, and get into the head of the only non-cuban in Castro's entarouge . . .
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on 2 January 2010
This is a first class manual on the purpose, formation and management of guerrilla warfare. Interestingly, some of the principles, organisational tactics and strategies talked about here, could also be applied to business and guerrilla marketing/advertising; however, this was obviously not the intention of this book, and is just my own business person opinion. Never the less, this is a really good book!
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on 23 March 2009
This is a great book by che
i started reading che's writings in date order when come to this book i thought it would be the lest interesting but i was shocked at how in depth it is

is a must for any che fan
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on 24 November 2015
At the beginning of January, 1959, in a rapid consideration and synthesis of the guerrilla Cuban process, newly reached, Fidel Castro, got enthusiastic with his social military operational "discovery", was defining categorical: "Without training, without war tactics, we manage to conquer that Army ..." "No professional Army (in America) would have forces to offset the activities of revolutionary guerrillas". "In any other (geographical) stage, with the same political conditions that ours, the popular guerrillas are invincible". See Carlos Franqui. Diario de la Revolución Cubana. Ediciones R. Torres. Barcelona, 1976. Pages, 703 and 704. Simultaneously published in France and Italy.

With all this statement, he was who first established the social ideological operational theoretic basis of the Spanish-American guerrilla warfare. Afterwards Guevara developed, with more scientific than doctrinaire aspirations, its military guerrillas lived ideology. It was wrote in his "Guerrilla Warfare" book. He centered it on two postulates. That he was claiming the Cuban guerrilla warfare had absolutely (undoubtedly and without variation) demonstrated in practice. "The popular forces can win a war against the Army" Indeed, this has happened in other occasions. "Not always it is necessary to wait that all the conditions for the revolution are present. (He was thinking in Mao's theory of protracted warfare). The rebel revolutionary focus can create and develop them". His tragic end in Bolivia, where he lived as a "wandering irregular rebel", without supporting popular bases, would give the "relative, local character, questionable, particular and conditioned" real measure of his military theory "discovery".

Guevara dedicated great part of the forty thousand words of "The Guerrilla Warfare", to the study of the men who were forming the guerrillas and to giving advises on the life in the mount. But the work is slightly extensive in the study of the guerrilla tactics and strategies. As for his technical "offers" in his "Guerrilla Warfare" book, we only have to look at any photo, even of 2 or 3 decades ago, of armed irregular military rebels in some uneasy country in the World. They all generally have an assault rifle and an antitank rocket launcher. That usually are an AK-47 and a RPG-2 or RPG-7, all of Soviet design. Guevara speaks about a "grenade-launcher" designed by the Cuban guerrillas. Its propellant is a hunting cartridge, without pellets, adjusted to a wood rod. In its free end is adjusted a proper tin, full with gunpowder and grapeshot, and provided with a time fuse. It is fired off with a cut away shotgun, adequately inclined. Their guerrillas rifles were Springfield 1903 cal. .3006, with some North American M-1 cal. .30 and Dominican San Cristóbal carbines and few semiautomatic Garands. A superficial examination of the American FM Improvised Ammunition Devices, will give you better and abundant ideas to use in an undeveloped, hostile and without logistics support rebel environment.
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on 30 December 2010
Che wrote his reflections on the Cuban guerilla campaign in the early 1960s.Problem was,he made some hideously disastrous-in retrospect-generalisations from the Cuban experience and thought they could be applied throughout Latin America,and maybe across the planet-"Create one,two many Vietnams".
Firstly his idea of the focus ("foco").This is anti-Marxism,the idea that a few radicals can replece the working class as the motive force for revolutionary change in society.
Secondly,trying to generalise from the specific of Cuba to the general of Latin America.Anti-Americanism,due to the Platt Amendment and US occupation in the early 20th century,was a strong motivating factor in the Cuban revolution,which has been throughout at least as dependent on nationalism as on socialism.Hatred of the USA was nowhere near as strong in most of Latin America as it was (and is) in Cuba.In other words,Cuba was and is a very special case in Latin America.To make genberalisations from the Cuban experience is to immediately go awry.Che didn't seem to realise this.
Finally,the idea of the revolutionary fighter as the exemplar of the new society.No,sorry,revolutionaries are not secular saints.
The imapct of Che and his acolytes-Marighela in Brazil,the Tupamaros in Uruguay,the Montoneros in Argentina and others in just about every Latin American country from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s-was to lead a generation of educated idealistic Latin Americans to try and launch a Cuban-style revolution in countries very different from Cuba.A sequence of disasters followed,in which these idealists ended up dead,in exile or prison,or dropped out of politics after a visit to the local torture chamber.Che's ideas postponed the development of broad-based democratic leftist governments,such as that of Lula in Brazil or Kirschner in Argentina, for 20 or more years.
So,it has a certain historical importance,but I wouldn't advise you to emulate Che's theses.
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