Guerrilla Warfare is Che Guevara’s own story of the Cuban revolution. It was written in 1960, just after the 1956-1959 revolution, and originally intended as a manual for other guerrilla movements of Latin America. It grew into Che’s classic account of the motivations and justifications of revolution.
Before Che became an icon of revolutionary martyrdom he was a soldier, a military strategist and inspirational leader. Che’s dream was to unite the developing world through armed revolution and to end the poverty and injustice that had dominated it for centuries. Guerrilla Warfare is the work of a man before he was turned into a myth, while he was forming the beliefs that today form the basis for numerous political struggles around the world.
The Cuban revolution against the Batista dictatorship was also a struggle against American imperialism in Latin America. For Che, American capitalism had merely replaced colonial exploitation and his prophetic insights into the globalisation that now dominates world politics are as pertinent today as when they were written.
This is more than an instruction guide to founding a guerrilla movement, it is a work that sets out the faith necessary for political action, an evocation of Che’s own idealism.
“Both a how-to manual for guerrillas and a manifesto for revolutionary idealists, this account of the Cuban Revolution of 1957-59 was Che’s political testament.”
“These writings, however, are also part of Guevara’s broader reflections on society… Guevara rates as one of the most influential military theorists of the 20th century.”
“There are numerous books about Che Guevara but Guerrilla Warfare is not only Che’s story of the Cuban revolution but an insight to his political philosophy… more than an insight into the founding of a guerrilla movement; it is a work that sets out the belief necessary for political action.”