Invisible Armies by Max Boot
An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present

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5 Critic Reviews

Mr. Boot manipulates history to make this policy point quite well, but he also severely distorts history in the process.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

“Destined to be the classic account of what may be the oldest . . . hardest form of war.”—John Nagl, Wall Street Journal


Invisible Armies presents an entirely original narrative of warfare, which demonstrates that, far from the exception, loosely organized partisan or guerrilla

warfare has been the dominant form of military conflict throughout history. New York Times best-selling author and military historian Max Boot traces guerrilla

warfare and terrorism from antiquity to the present, narrating nearly thirty centuries of unconventional military conflicts. Filled with dramatic analysis of strategy and tactics, as well as many memorable characters—from Italian nationalist Guiseppe Garibaldi to the “Quiet American,” Edward Lansdale—Invisible Armies is “as readable as a novel” (Michael Korda, Daily Beast) and “a timely reminder to politicians and generals of the hard-earned lessons of history” (Economist).
 

About Max Boot

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A Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a renowned military historian, Max Boot is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Savage Wars of Peace and War Made New, he lives in New York.
 
Published January 15, 2013 by Liveright. 809 pages
Genres: History, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Invisible Armies
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Mark Mazower on Jan 25 2013

Its tenor is moderately upbeat: Boot believes lessons can be learned if only we look at history the right way.

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by John Nagl on Jan 21 2013

Mr. Boot is himself uncertain about the Afghan war, and this proves the only significant flaw...

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Gian P. Gentile on Jan 15 2013

Mr. Boot manipulates history to make this policy point quite well, but he also severely distorts history in the process.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Joshua Sinai on May 27 2013

...Mr. Boot’s “Invisible Armies” is a valuable account of some of the challenges modern militaries face in confronting terrorist and guerrilla insurgencies.

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The Economist

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on Jan 19 2013

Counter-insurgency may be out of fashion again, but it remains necessary to know how to do it. Mr Boot offers a timely reminder to politicians and generals of the hard-earned lessons of history.

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