War of the Flea The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare

ISBN-10: 1574885553

ISBN-13: 9781574885552

Edition: 2002

Authors: Robert Taber

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This text provides an analysis of the guerrilla fighter's means and methods. Taber explains that whether ideological, nationalistic or religious, all guerrilla insurgencies use similar tactics to advance their cause.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 214
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Robert Taber traveled to Cuba in the late 1950s as a CBS investigative journalist to cover the country's burgeoning revolutionary movement. He became an eyewitness to history as he marched from the Sierra Maestra to Havana with the ragtag revolutionaries, led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, who forced Batista to flee the country. Taber also wrote M-26: Biography of a Revolution.

The wind of revolution
Popular will as the key to strategy
The confrontation of the haves and the have-nots
Fallacies of counterinsurgency
Guerrilla war as an extension of politics
Cracks in the armor of the modern state
The war of the flea
Political and military objectives
Creating "the climate of collapse."
Organization of insurgent forces
Guevara on guerrilla war: the base
Inception and evolution of an insurgency
Transition to civil war
Alternative solutions
The Cuban example
Protracted war
Popular forces versus regular armies
The guerrilla as missionary
Mao Tse-tung on the war of the flea
The lessons of China
Colonial war and the French experience
Strategy and tactics of Vo Nguyen Giap
How the Vietminh won in Indochina
The political character of the Second Indochina War
The American role
Expansion of the war
The outlook
Wars of national liberation and their cost
The Irish "troubles" and the role of the Black and Tans
Terrorism in Israel
Rebellion in North Africa
General Grivas on guerrilla war in Cyprus
The political uses of terrorism
Errors of British strategy
Failures in the war of the flea
Magsaysay and the Huks in the Philippines
The price of British victory in Malaya
Why the Communists lost in Greece
Sun Tzu on The Art of War
Principles of guerrilla strategy and tactics
Terrain as a determining factor
Guerrilla war in urban areas
The character of the guerrilla
Guerrilla movements in the Third World
The revolutionary base
Outlook for the United States
Proposals for a new American foreign policy in Latin America
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