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

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New York Times Bestseller

A Washington Post Notable Book (Nonfiction)

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Foreign Policy

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection

“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).

About the Author

Max Boot is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a columnist for the Washington Post, and a global affairs analyst for CNN. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam.

Praise For…

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

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

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

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

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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780871406880
ISBN-10: 0871406888
Publisher: Liveright
Publication Date: October 7th, 2013
Pages: 784
Language: English