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As fitting for the twenty-­first century as von Clausewitz’s On War was in its own time, Invisible Armies is a complete global history of guerrilla uprisings through the ages.­Beginning with the first insurgencies in the ancient world—when Alexander the Great discovered that fleet nomads were harder to defeat than massive conventional armies—Max Boot, best-­selling author and military advisor in Iraq and Afghanistan, masterfully guides us from the Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire up through the horrors of the French-­Indochina War and the shadowy, post-­9/11 battlefields of today. Relying on a diverse cast of unforgettable characters—not only Mao and Che but also the legendary Italian nationalist Giuseppe Garibaldi, the archaeologist-­turned–military commander T. E. Lawrence, and the “Quiet American” Edward Lansdale, among others—Boot explodes everything we thought we knew about unconventional combat. The result is both an enthralling read and our most important work on . . .

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In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War.­In this epic biography of Edward Lansdale (1908– 1987), the man said to be the fictional model for Graham Greene's The Quiet American, best-­selling historian Max Boot demonstrates how Lansdale pioneered a "hearts and mind" diplomacy, first in the Philippines, then in Vietnam. It was a visionary policy that, as Boot reveals, was ultimately crushed by America's giant military bureaucracy, steered by elitist generals and blueblood diplomats who favored troop build-­ups and napalm bombs over winning the trust of the people. Through dozens of interviews and access to neverbefore-­seen documents—­including long-­hidden love letters—­Boot recasts this cautionary American story, tracing the bold rise and the crashing fall of the roguish "T. E. Lawrence of Asia" from the battle of Dien Bien Phu to the humiliating...

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A monumental, groundbreaking work, now in paperback, that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield Combining gripping narrative history with wide-­ranging analysis, War Made New focuses on four ?­revolutions? in military affairs and describes how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-­guided air strikes have remade the field of battle?­and shaped the rise and fall of empires. War Made New begins with the Gunpowder Revolution and explains warfare?­s evolution from ritualistic, drawn-­out engagements to much deadlier events, precipitating the rise of the modern nation-­state. He next explores the triumph of steel and steam during the Industrial Revolution, showing how it powered the spread of European colonial empires. Moving into the twentieth century and the Second Industrial Revolution, Boot examines three critical clashes of World War II to illustrate how new technology such as the tank, radio, and airplane ushered in terrifying new forms . . .

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As fitting for the twenty-­first century as von Clausewitz’s was in its own time, is a complete global history of guerrilla uprisings through the ages.

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A monumental, groundbreaking work, now in paperback, that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield
Combining gripping narrative history with wide-­ranging analysis, War Made New focuses on four ?­revolutions? in military affairs and describes how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-­guided air strikes have remade the field of battle?­and shaped the rise and fall of empires.
War Made New begins with the Gunpowder Revolution and explains warfare?­s evolution from ritualistic, drawn-­out engagements to much deadlier events, precipitating the rise of the modern nation-­state. He next explores the triumph of steel and steam during the Industrial Revolution, showing how it powered the spread of European colonial empires. Moving into the twentieth century and the Second Industrial Revolution, Boot examines three critical clashes of World War II to illustrate how new technology such as the tank, radio, and airplane ushered in terrifying new forms . . .

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America's "small wars,­" "imperial wars,­" or, as the Pentagon now terms them, "low-­intensity conflicts,­" have played an essential but little-­appreciated role in its growth as a world power. Beginning with Jefferson's expedition against the Barbary Pirates, Max Boot tells the exciting stories of our sometimes minor but often bloody landings in Samoa, the Philippines, China, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Russia, and elsewhere. Along the way he sketches colorful portraits of little-­known military heroes such as Stephen Decatur, "Fighting Fred" Funston, and Smedley Butler. From 1800 to the present day, such undeclared wars have made up the vast majority of our military engagements. Yet the military has often resisted preparing itself for small wars, preferring instead to train for big conflicts that seldom come. Boot re-­examines the tragedy of Vietnam through a "small war" prism. He concludes with a devastating critique of the Powell Doctrine and a convincing . . .

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In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War.­In this epic biography of Edward Lansdale (1908– 1987), the man said to be the fictional model for Graham Greene's The Quiet American, best-­selling historian Max Boot demonstrates how Lansdale pioneered a "hearts and mind" diplomacy, first in the Philippines, then in Vietnam. It was a visionary policy that, as Boot reveals, was ultimately crushed by America's giant military bureaucracy, steered by elitist generals and blueblood diplomats who favored troop build-­ups and napalm bombs over winning the trust of the people. Through dozens of interviews and access to neverbefore-­seen documents—­including long-­hidden love letters—­Boot recasts this cautionary American story, tracing the bold rise and the crashing fall of the roguish "T. E. Lawrence of Asia" from the battle of Dien Bien Phu to the humiliating...

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Reviewed and debated everywhere, this book has become a key volume in the case for a new policy of interventionism

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