Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present

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“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). 70 illustrations; 8 maps

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A renowned military historian and Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Max Boot is a regular contributor to the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. The author of The Savage Wars of Peace and the New York Times best-selling Invisible Armies, he lives in New York.

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Max Boot has written a landmark book about a perennial and important challenge: guerilla warfare. --Jon Meacham, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

A penetrating writer and thinker.

Max Boot has produced the most definitive and comprehensive work to date on the dominant form of warfare of our times. From the origins of guerrilla warfare to current conflicts the reader travels through the centuries of time understanding the nature and character of unconventional warfare yet because of the power of Boot's narrative and sheer ability to tell a story, the reader can live the experience. A must read for scholars, military and government professionals and a fascinating journey for the general public. --General (ret.) Jack Keane, former Army Vice Chi

This is the definitive treatment of guerrilla warfare through the ages--a tour de force by a preeminent military historian who has advised generals, policymakers and political leaders on the subject. --Senator John S. McCain

An expansive nuts-and-bolts historical survey from a keen military mind.

The word "magisterial" is bandied about far too freely these days, but in the case of Max Boot's sweeping and deeply researched history of guerrilla warfare, it proves fair. Somewhere in the first third of Boot's book, you begin to realize that guerrilla wars (and terrorism and insurgencies) are the way we fight, while the formal set battles of, say, the Napoleonic wars are but an exception. --Lucas Wittmann

There's no better guide to both the past and the future than Invisible Armies, the tour de force of a scholar as well as a man who's seen American adversaries and soldiers at work up close.

Mr. Boot provides of some of the most important individual actors in military history, insurgent leaders like Washington, T.E. Lawrence, Mao, Castro, Ho Chi Minh and Osama bin Laden.... Mr. Boot's impressive work of military history is destined to be the classic account of what may be the oldest as well as the hardest form of war. --John Nagl

[D]estined to be the classic account of what may be the oldest as well as the hardest form of war. --John Nagl

Lively.... A timely reminder to politicians and generals of the hard-earned lessons of history.

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