People's War, People's Army: The Viet Cong Insurrection Manual for Underdeveloped Countries

People's War, People's Army: The Viet Cong Insurrection Manual for Underdeveloped Countries

People's War, People's Army: The Viet Cong Insurrection Manual for Underdeveloped Countries

People's War, People's Army: The Viet Cong Insurrection Manual for Underdeveloped Countries

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To understand tomorrow, Americans must face up to the realities of the struggle for freedom in Southeast Asia. This book by an Asian Communist general is, therefore, worthwhile reading for thoughtful Americans today.

This is a peculiar book, as the reader will see for himself. People's War, People's Army is not a well-organized book but, rather, a collection of papers; and a lot of it is simply lies. Yet with all its obvious shortcomings, this book can help us to appraise our opponents more accurately.

The basic value of this book at this time is that it may aid us in appreciating the importance and the special nature of a battle that is difficult to define or describe. Thousands of men in Southeast Asia are now engaged in this shadowy conflict, which may yet rank as one of the decisive battles of world history. We may call it the battle for the villages.

This war--and it is being fought as a hot war today--is different from "the war of the future," which has cast a nightmare shadow over the world ever since Hiroshima. In recent years, we have become aware-and we should remain aware-- of the destructive potentialities of massive weapons of warfare, . . .

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