Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Invisible Armies by Max Boot

Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present by Max Boot is now available. The author examines the history of guerrilla warfare and how armies attempted to defeat insurgencies. Max Boot is a military historian, foreign policy advisor, commentator and author of other books on warfare (past and present). The author covers a wide range of irregular conflicts and insurgent leaders such as Washington, T.E. Lawrence, Mao, and others. This is a useful reference for those engaged in unconventional warfare and counterinsurgency. Irregular warfare is not going away and military professionals as well as government leaders and policy makers will need to understand this unique yet very common variant of conflict and how to defeat it. Although many of our military leaders would like to leave insurgent warfare (as in Iraq and Afghanistan) behind to concentrate on winning the big battles - it isn't going to happen. Guerrilla warfare is here to stay and we will need to know how to defeat it now and in the future.

The book is available here: Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present


Some book reviews of Invisible Armies:

"War by Other Means", Mark Mazower, The New York Times, January 25, 2013

"The Way We Fight: Max Boot's 'Invisible Armies'", The Daily Beast, January 21, 2013.

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