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Resistance to Tyranny: A Primer Paperback – April 24, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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 It's now out of print, and with the demise of the Soviet Union, out of date as well.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.Read more ›
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.
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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Nothing more than imperialist and right-wing American propaganda, spending more time talking about the necessity of racists being armed and the "evils of Communism" than... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Michele
wow. this book is really nice! opened my eyes on imperialism and tyranny! down to US imperialism!Published 2 months ago by robert mask
One of the best books I've ever laid my paws on. I spend much of my time trying to find books not only with the same subject material, but books that are written to the same... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andrew B
Very good manual for mainly armed resistance and some on unarmed resistance. It is generic of whom the oppressor and the oppressed are. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sean Tinsley
Great if you really want the psychology and tactics of throwing off tyranny, abroad of course.Published 12 months ago by RobbyStoly
Opened the book up today... has alot of useful information, it sure is not a combat guide or anything, though it does touch basics of about everything.. Read morePublished 12 months ago by 24kgoldring
Another reviewer called this "a graduate course." He was right.Published 13 months ago by Regular Guy