Invisible Armies

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

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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).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 784 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 816.46g
  • Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • United States
  • English
  • 70 illustrations; 8 maps
  • 0871406888
  • 9780871406880
  • 123,976

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"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 "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 "Sweeping, meticulous, and exceptionally thoughtful. Max Boot's Invisible Armies is an important, compelling contribution to our understanding of how men make war." -- Rick Atkinson, author of An Army at Dawn and The Day of Battle "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 "Starred review. A military historian and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Boot presents a sweeping, well-written, and comprehensively documented history of guerrilla war... The result is a compelling narrative and perceptive analysis: a must read in today's world." -- Publishers Weekly "Fascinating. . . . Beginning with the barbarians at the gates of the Roman Empire, a wonderful and valuable historic narrative filled with colorful characters." -- Walter Isaacson "A do-it-yourself journey across the storied life of beer." -- Booklist "A cultural history that reads like the collaborative work of a garrulous raconteur, pith-helmeted anthropologist, experimental chef, white-coated scientist, and your favorite drunk uncle. Witty, carefully observed, and deeply reported, The Brewer's Tale is as much about social rituals and the ordering of our worlds as it is about the pint or six we all like to down on occasion." -- Jon Meacham, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House "The Brewer's Tale will teach you more about beer than you ever thought possible, but it is much more than that. Erudite, curious, and witty, Bostwick ranges effortlessly back and forth across the centuries, spinning an epic that stretches from the temples of Mesopotamia to the beer halls of St. Louis, from cattle cults to Dogfish cults, with countless fascinating detours, digressions, and illuminations in between. By the end, he'll have you convinced that raising a bottle, can, or pint may be the most deeply human thing you have ever done." -- The Weekly Standard "The Brewer's Tale is a well-written and well-researched papyrus-based time-travel machine that takes readers through the history of mankind's most impressive creation: BEER!" -- Andrew Roberts - Commentary "An amiable writer and the very best sort of literary drinking buddy. Bostwick will explain why you like Cascade hops (it's the "spritzy grapefruit blossom nose") and why you should never pass up an opportunity to sample a beer made with Maris Otter barley. We can't all go drinking with the beer critic for the Wall Street Journal, but reading The Brewer's Tale is the next best thing." -- Lucas Wittmann - The Daily Beast "Bostwick brings the requisite levels of geeky erudition and enthusiasm to that once most mundane of beverages, beer." -- Steve Forbes - Forbes Magazine "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
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About Max Boot

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.
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769 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 34% (264)
4 41% (319)
3 19% (148)
2 4% (30)
1 1% (8)
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