On Guerrilla Warfare

  • by Mao Zedong
  • Narrated by Ron Welch
  • 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a war of revolutionary character, guerrilla operations are a necessary part. This is particularly true in war waged for the emancipation of a people who inhabit a vast nation. China is such a nation, a nation whose techniques are undeveloped and whose communications are poor. She finds herself confronted with a strong and victorious Japanese imperialism. Under these circumstance, the development of the type of guerrilla warfare characterized by the quality of mass is both necessary and natural. This warfare must be developed to an unprecedented degree and it must coordinate with the operations of our regular armies. If we fail to do this, we will find it difficult to defeat the enemy.

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How and why guerrilla warfare (terrorism) works

Mao wrote this small book (actually a pamphlet) in 1937 while leading the Chinese Red Army guerrillas against the Japanese invaders. It covers things such as what guerrilla warfare is, the relationship of guerrilla operations to regular army operations, the actual organization of guerrilla armies, and political issues for guerrillas. Mao writes of his firm belief that while the enemy may be technologically superior, they can’t fight on all fronts at all times of day or night and eventually a long term war will wear them down and defeat them. Mao makes it clear guerrilla warfare is to be an offensive-only operation. Strike and strike quickly, move fast, run away if you have to, run away a lot, hit from behind, from the flanks, at night, strike supply lines, get arms and supplies from your enemies. It is also important for guerrillas to win the hearts of the people, even the peasants and children, as they become tools of the militia. These are the very tactics which Ho Chi-Min used in Vietnam.

The narration By Ron Welch is great using a clear and steady voice almost as if giving a lecture, but not so dry.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest is strategic warfare, history, and even more so to our governmental leaders to keep us from future Vietnams . . . A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.
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- Bill Beaulac

Now I know.

Here is a good engaging, interesting introduction to some aspects of guerrilla warfare. The political/historical context to which this belongs is almost totally lost on me. The dude hates anarchists, loves Lenin and adores propaganda. He talks about the guerrillas living off of local farmers and employs language that makes you think he means no compulsion, but then adds the proviso that if they are traitors you can take their stuff. The whole sweep of this little piece of anti-Japanese propaganda seems to make everyone who would refuse to help his side a traitor to China and the people's struggle. So in effect, he communicates, don't steal from people who will give you their stuff, only steal from people who won't give you their stuff willingly. Basically a cornerstone doctrine of communism distilled to its essence while using tricky language to hide the fact.

Narrator was pretty good. Easy to listen to.

If the title piques your interest, this book will not disappoint.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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- Adam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2017
  • Publisher: Colonial Audio