Academic journal article Military Review

Maoist Insurgency since Vietnam

Academic journal article Military Review

Maoist Insurgency since Vietnam

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MAOIST INSURGENCY SINCE VIETNAM by Thomas A. Marks. 303 pages. Frank Cass London. Distributed by International Specialized Book Services Inc., Portland, OR. 1996. $39.50 clothbound. $19.50 paperback.

For the coterie who follow insurgencies, Maoist Insurgency Since Vietnam is a find. Thomas A. Marks has done his homework, tracing the tale of four post-Vietnam civil wars and rebellions. He is sensitive to the subtleties of the intricate causes and strategies characteristic of insurgent movements. Today's professional soldier can profit from this book.

Maoist Insurgency Since Vietnam is not always easy to read. The writing, particularly early on, is occasionally turgid and too self-consciously academic. However, it gets better, and Marks cogent observations make such lapses bearable. He goes well beyond the analysis frequently marking First World looks at Third World uprisings. His suggested sources of causation and counterstrokes are insightful-and probably valid.

The individual Thailand, Philippine Islands, Sri Lanka and Peru studies stand on their own. Each contributes insights rarely encountered elsewhere. Notably, the studies avoid patronizing the understanding of indigenous players. For example, some commentators have disparaged Thai counterinsurgency efforts as merely having been successful through a fluke in timing. …

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