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The Military Art of People's War

Selected Writings of General Vo Nguyen Giap

The Military Art of People's War
332 pages

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-85345-193-8

August 1970

Price: $25

This collection includes the major writings of General Giap, who, on the evidence of his record as well as his theoretical work, has long been recognized as one of the military geniuses of modern times. The book includes writings from the 1940s to the end of the 1960s and is presented here with a valuable historical introduction by Russell Stetler.

Read an interview with General Giap in Monthly Review.

Giap’s writings are the best available introduction to the subject. Russell Stetler’s introduction to this collection is a masterful contribution in its own right to Giap’s thought and to the study of the Vietnamese revolution in general.

The Nation

Giap’s story is the epic story of how a small backward peasant people fought to a standstill, within less than one generation, three of the most powerful military machines of the twentieth century—those of Japan, of colonial France, and of the United States.

—Keith Buchanan

Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013) commanded the military forces that freed Vietnam from French colonialism in the 1946–1954 war that ended with the victory at Dien Bien Phu (1954), and that then defeated U.S. imperialist aggression in the 1962–1975 war that ended with liberation of Saigon.