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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.
"A sweeping panorama that ranges over a vast terrain... thoughtful, smart, fluent, with an eye for the good story." -- Mark Mazover - New York Times Book Review, Front Page Review "[A] comprehensive history of guerrilla warfare, breezily written and chock-full of perceptive insights... [Boot] has a great feel for details...a mighty impressive achievement, one that should be a bible for policymakers everywhere in the civilized world." -- Steve Forbes - Forbes Magazine "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 - The Daily Beast "For the historian and journalist Max Boot to use the phrase 'an epic history' in the subtitle of his own book implies a magnificent lack of modesty in his own capabilities. The work more than matches the hype... This pathbreaking book should thus be on the reading list of every NATO officer hoping to defeat an insurgency." -- Andrew Roberts - Commentary "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." -- The Weekly Standard "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 "...[I]mpressively researched, astutely synthesized, and eminently readable." -- Booklist "Fascinating... Beginning with the barbarians at the gates of the Roman Empire, a wonderful and valuable historic narrative filled with colorful characters." -- Walter Isaacson "The most definitive and comprehensive work to date on the dominant form of warfare of our times. 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 "Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The Savage Wars of Peace, presents an astutely synthesized account of insurgency and counterinsurgency through the ages-from the Peloponnesian War to the post-Sept. 11 battlefields of today." -- Ihsan Taylor - New York Times "A magisterial overview of insurgency and counterinsurgency, peppered with fascinating personalities. The author counts 442 insurgencies since the American Revolution, 25.2 percent of which were successful." -- Gerard DeGroot - The Washington Post