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06-23-2006, 08:44 PM
Don't know if this is the right spot or if Request for Information is the right spot to post this but has anybody read Robert Asprey's "War in the Shadows: The Guerrilla in History"? It's a two volume set that, from the dust cover at the used book store where I saw it, discusses the various guerrilla leaders (Che, Castro, Ho, etc.) and speaks of guerrilla warfare throughout history. Before I plunk down the $24 to buy it I was wondering if it is even worthwhile to 1) purchase it and 2) read it. Any help with this would be much appreciated from the esteemed members of this board.

06-23-2006, 09:16 PM
I bought the two volume set in 1978 (or 1979?) and found it very useful as a brand new 2nd Lt who knew little about guerrilla warfare.

Asprey covers a lot of ground - so there is no one detailed account of any particular war - rather a running history of guerrilla warfare from 512 BC to Vietnam. As an encyclopedic reference source I highly recommend it.

That said, it has been 25 years since I last read the books so my memory is not all that great on detail....

06-24-2006, 03:48 PM
It is an excellent reference work . I understand that the author revised it several years ago and I would like to replace my battered volumes with this revision .

06-24-2006, 05:43 PM
Thanks for the recommendation. It seems it will be worth it to purchase it. I'll have to see if it's the revised version or not.

06-24-2006, 06:35 PM
Amazon.com - War in the Shadows (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0595225934/smallwarsjour-20/104-0563752-4865514?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&link%5Fcode=xm2)