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Jan 17

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

A book event

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, 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 provides a complete global history of guerrilla uprisings through the ages. In doing so, he, not only exposes the myths and mysteries of unconventional combat, but also provides special insights into nontraditional warfare.

Max Boot, one of America's leading military historians and foreign-policy analysts, is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times and a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and other publications. He has also served as an adviser to U.S. commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before joining CFR in 2002, Boot spent eight years as a writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal, the last five years of which was spent as op-ed editor. From 1992 to 1994 he was an editor and writer at the Christian Science Monitor. He previously authored The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power - which won the 2003 General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation as the best nonfiction book pertaining to Marine Corps history - and War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today.

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Max Boot

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Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D.

Visiting Fellow, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy Read More