To many, including the Colombian, US and EU governments, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are terrorists, engaged more in organized crime than ideological struggle. But does this tell the whole story? Is armed revolution possible without acts of terrorism? The FARC is the definitive introduction to the guerrilla group, examining its origins, aims, structure and operations. Garry Leech investigates the FARC's impact on local, regional and global politics and maps its future direction. Having reported from the frontline in Colombia for many years, and having been held captive by the FARC, Leech offers an unparalleled insight into one of the world's most high-profile armed revolutionary organizations.