Guerrilla Warfare (book)

Guerrilla Warfare (book)

"Guerrilla Warfare" (Spanish: "La Guerra de Guerrillas") is a book by Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara that was written right after the Cuban Revolution and published in 1961.

Guevara intended it to be a manual on guerrilla warfare, elaborating the foco theory ("foquismo") for other revolutionary movements in Latin America, Africa and Asia, but the book was also studied by counter-revolutionary military schools.Fact|date=August 2008 While many draw parallels with Mao's "On Guerrilla Warfare", Guevara claimed he had not read the book, which draws on the lessons of fighting during the Cuban Revolutionary War, which in turn were informed by two books from the Spanish Civil War, "Nuevas guerras" and "Medicina contra invasión", stressing the need for an underpinning political motivation to guerrilla methods, organisation and supply.

However, Guevara emphasizes that guerrilla warfare is a favorable method only against totalitarian regimes, (such as the revolutionary war against the Batista dictatorship in Cuba), where political opposition and legal civil struggle is impossible to conduct.

Guevara dedicated the book to his recently deceased comrade Camilo Cienfuegos, "who should have read and corrected it, but whose fate prevented him from carrying out the task."

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* [ English translation of the book]

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