This is very clearly a book that was a product of a pre 9 11 world Anderson looks at five different guerilla groups Western Sahara s Polisario Front, the Karen of Burma, the mujahadeen of Afghanistan, the Palestinians in Gaza, and the FMLA of El Salvador. Parts of this book were really insightful and useful, and opened my mind to ideas and expressions I hadn t properly considered The rest was garbage I found the descriptions of people as exotic troublesome, and I felt the portrayal of women, when it was actually done because women seemingly disappeared in this book he did not speak to many of them , were completely condescending Calling a Palestinian woman the fat mother did nothing to endear himself to me. I think the epilogue and followup were too short to condense all of what had happened in the past decade since he revisited those places It was a good piece To Gaining International Renown For His Definitive Biography Of Che Guevara And First Hand Reporting On The War In Iraq For The New Yorker, Jon Lee Anderson Wrote Guerrillas, A Pioneering Account Of Five Diverse Insurgent Movements Around The World The Mujahedin Of Afghanistan, The FMLN Of El Salvador, The Karen Of Burma, The Polisario Of Western Sahara, And A Group Of Young Palestinians Fighting Against Israel In The Gaza Strip Making The Most Of Unprecedented, Direct Access To His Subjects, Anderson Combines Powerful, Firsthand Storytelling [ Pdf Guerrillas: Journeys in the Insurgent World é zombies PDF ] by Jon Lee Anderson Õ With Balanced, Penetrating Analysis Of Each Situation A Work Of Phenomenal Range, Analytical Acuity, And Human Empathy, Guerrillas Amply Demonstrates Why Jon Lee Anderson Is One Of Our Most Important Chroniclers Of Societies In Crisis My opinion of this book, after only 20 pages, was that it was horrible Having completed it, that initial opinion is wholly confirmed. The author is imperialistic and definitely has a colonial outlook, especially as it regards Western Sahara He fails to ever look at himself or his own Western culture, never turning his microscope onto his own preconceptions, sympathies and nationalism He never questions how symbols are used by the guerillas and their followers, nor does he ever look outside these communities in order to see how they fit in, navigate and struggle against the larger context. He describes the people who are guerillas as almost without the ability to think for themselves If they are supporters, they are portrayed as either megalomaniacal leaders or manipulated Þ Guerrillas: Journeys in the Insurgent World Þ A really interesting in field report on some groups most people wouldn t be able to communicate with A rare and objective psychological portrait, if at times risking slight romanticization. Good book, Focus on three different Guerrilla movements the Polisaro in Morocco, indigenous tribesmen in Burma and rebels in central America More about their lives aspirations and the systems they have built and maintain to reject their oppressors. chilling, lucid, true.
Informative and educating, though sometimes it drags on with quite a bit of meaningless detail I ve come to expect this from the kind of journalism meant to be entertaining enough like regular television, that it might likely keep the masses reading and watching. The first few chapters are of the most important educating use to me The rest gets bogged down by too much detail both graphic and personal , paces like the speed of guerrilla conflict, and resolves itself to focus less on functions and uses practical information on the goings on , and on quotes and physical details. Beyond Ch 3 it is definitely not as necessary to read for those interested in learning about guerrilla These first few are hopeful and the core It is crazy to read this book in 2018, a vital anthropological look at the universal roots of violent revolutionary rebellions and the individuals behind these movements.
About The Author
Jon Lee Anderson
Jon Lee Anderson, a staff writer, began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998 Since then, he has covered numerous conflicts for the magazine, including those in Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Angola, Somalia, Sudan, Mali, and Liberia He has also reported frequently from Latin America and the Caribbean, writing about Rio de Janeiro s gangs, the Panama Canal, the 2010 earthquake in Hai