Max Boot

Boot, Max. Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present. New York: Liveright, 2013.

Freedman, FA 92.1 (Jan.-Feb. 2013), finds the author's coverage "remarkably comprehensive"; and he "sustains the reader's interest with lively writing and sharp characterizations." See also, Boot's "The Evolution of Irregular War: Insurgents and Guerrillas From Akkadia to Afghanistan," Foreign Affairs 92, no. 2 (Mar.-Apr. 2013), which is adapted from this work.


Boot, Max. "'Kick the Bully': Michael Collins Launches the 1921 Irish Rebellion.", 2 Nov. 2012. (Originally published in MHQ magazine.)

"[T]he script followed by groups as diverse as the Vietcong and the Taliban was written in Ireland during its 1919–1921 War of Independence, the first successful revolt against the British Empire since the creation of the United States of America."


Boot, Max. The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power. New York: Basic Books, 2002.

Donnelly, FA 81.4 (Jul.-Aug. 2002), finds that the author "presents a useful collection of case studies chronicling the expansion of American power ... across the globe. If the book has a shortcoming, it lies in Boot's exclusive concern with the operations of U.S. forces abroad." The focus on overseas missions "leads Boot to a slight overemphasis on the virtues of the Marine Corps and its famous Small Wars Manual of 1940." This work is an"important and timely contribution ... to American strategic self-awareness." Berger, et al, I&NS 22.6 (Dec. 2007), note that this work is "devoid of conceptual innovations" but deals with its time span in an "engaging and incisive fashion."


Boot, Max. War Made New: Technology, Warfare and the Course of History, 1500 to Today. New York: Gotham, 2007.

For Berger, et al, I&NS 22.6 (Dec. 2007), this work is "highly readable, but also a highly schematic treatment of the dramatic changes in the character of warfare over five centuries." The book "is engaging and well written," but "does little to contextualize the changes" cataloged from 1500 to the present.


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