2017 Reprint of 1961 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. In 1937, Mao was in retreat after ten years of battling the Nationalist troops of Chiang Kai-shek. During this period, he wrote a succinct pamphlet that remains one of the most influential documents on warfare to this date. This treatise, the first systematic analysis of guerilla warfare, established Mao as the architect of a new method of warfare. The treatise is translated and introduced by General Samuel B. Griffith. USMC, a leading military strategist of the era.