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Dr. Martino is a retired Air Force Colonel. He served in Thailand where he conducted research on counterinsurgency. He later was Chairman of the Counterinsurgency Working Group of the Military Operations Research Society. He teaches a course in Just War Doctrine at Yorktown University. He holds degrees in Physics, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics.
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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (April 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450574289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450574280
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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132 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Bracken on August 12, 2011
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Resistance to Tyranny begins with a chapter entitled "Why Armed Resistance?" Martino explains that international warfare was not the 20th Century's greatest killer, but rather that official government tyranny holds that position of dishonor by a very wide margin. He then explores the link between gun control and state genocide, going through the historical cases of Turkey, the Soviet Union, Germany, China and other countries. Then, brick by brick, Martino builds the case for the morality of armed resistance to tyranny, postulating a "just insurgency doctrine" similar to the more familiar "just war" doctrine.

In the first five chapters Martino studies past rebellions and insurgencies from the American Revolution to the present day, to draw out and explore their timeless lessons. He also examines the government reactions to these insurgencies, starting with the crushing of dissent via state propaganda and the creation of enemy classes, use of economic leverage, deliberately nurturing crime waves for the purpose of installing police-state controls, through the full spectrum of violent repression by a gangster state. Martino's analysis is consistently well thought out, lucid and downright fascinating in this overview of the eternal struggle between the forces of repression and freedom.

It would not be possible to examine the remaining contents of the book in any meaningful detail in a short review.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By J.R. on June 21, 2010
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The following was the answer to an interview question about the author's background and qualifications to write a book like this. It goes into much more depth than the blurb above.


I'm a retired Air Force colonel. I wasn't a flyer. I spent all my time in research & development. After I finished my PhD in Statistics, I was immediately assigned to the R&D Field Unit in Bangkok, where I spent the next couple of years doing operations research on the insurgencies in Thailand and Vietnam. After my return to the States, I spent the next five years as Chairman of the Special Warfare Working Group of the Military Operations Research Society.

That was the end of my "official" involvement with insurgency, rebellion, etc., but I continued to pursue the topic on my own. I published articles in a number of places, including what was then the AIR UNIVERSITY REVIEW, and I gave several papers at the regular Vietnam Symposia held at U. Texas at Lubbock, home of one of the biggest Vietnam archives in the world.

In the '90s I put the issue of insurgency aside and wrote a book applying Just War Doctrine to the use of nuclear weapons. It's now out of print, and with the demise of the Soviet Union, out of date as well.

By the late 1990s I came to realize that insurgency was becoming a more important topic than nuclear weapons, so I went back to my earlier interest. I thought I saw a need for a book that addressed the topic from the "other side," that is, from the insurgents' side, not from the side of the counterinsurgent, which had been my previous focus. I figured there were lots of places in the world where an insurgency would be justified, and such a book might be helpful.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Judith M. Johnsen on June 26, 2010
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The author calls this a primer rather than a handbook and I think his point is well taken. Revolution or resistance is much more involved than grabbing an AR and heading for the hills. There are 30 chapters on various subjects and copious references in each.
The subject is vast and complex and this book is a good place to start. The last chapter chronicles some of the founders' trials and is a sobering review, however the author also points out that freedom is worth our lives and sacred honor when the alternative is slavery. The author points out right at the beginning that governments have killed far more than war ever has, and that gun control, registration, and civilian disarmament is always the first step toward tyranny.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By OIFvet on August 16, 2010
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As a Global War on Terror veteran I opened this book with some experience on the topic. I approached it from a "What If" standpoint, posed many questions and often found a ready answer in a relevant section of the book. The historical quotes in the book were well-picked by the author and illustrate several moral points in a positive light. There are many books which address the technical aspects of warfare (and combat survival), but my greatest appreciation for this book was its solid foundation in the Just War Doctrine.

Resistance is aimed at an American audience, but it could be translated into Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, etc. and be of interest to readers in other troubled and/or oppressed parts of the world. It could be easily digested and applied by all literate NCOs and junior officers in the field. Since the book is honestly titled as a primer (but still goes a bit long on the art of sniping), the best advice I could give for supplemental material where it falls a little short would be in the medical field.
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