The Year of the Heroic Guerrilla

A review of the book, “The Year of the Heroic Guerrilla: World Revolution and Counterrevolution in 1968” by Robert V. Daniels.

This paper discusses the book “The Year of the Heroic Guerrilla: World Revolution and Counterrevolution in 1968” by Robert V. Daniels. The paper includes a personal reaction to the book. World politics of 1968 are analyzed and explained. The paper shows how the author attempts to illustrate the unrest that covered the globe that year, and to explain why it was such a pivotal time in history.
“Some of the chapters were extremely sympathetic and made me appreciate the freedom we often take for granted her in the United States. In “Prague,” for example, it was chilling to watch as the Soviet occupational forces entered the radio station and made them stop broadcasting. We simply know this could not happen in our own country, and so are complacent. Seeing it really happen in modern history is eerie. Sometimes the book made me feel sadness for the oppression of people, and sometimes anger at that same oppression. I was equally angry at the Soviets, and at the Chicago police, and could not truly see much difference in their bullying tactics. As Ribicoff said, “With George McGovern we wouldn’t have Gestapo tactics on the streets of Chicago (Daniels 218).

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