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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright (17 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871406888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871406880
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 0.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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 and is the author of The Savage Wars of Peace and War Made New.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott Coxon on 5 Jan. 2014
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For the price, the expansive and well written history of guerrilla warfare is exceptional; a must have for any student, academic or interested reader attempting to trace the evolution of insurgency or armed conflict. Therefore it deserves 4 stars.

However, the publishers of the book have left the quality of my edition in terrible shape. The pages have not been cut properly, with different sizes and really rough edges. It has made the whole book look quite shoddy. If I did not need to book for research now I would definitely send it back. Its only a minor thing, but when paying for an new/first hand item you expect it to be in good condition. The publishers get 2 stars; at least the cover is good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justin D. Siglow on 3 Mar. 2013
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A fascinating view of unconventional warfare throughout history. Max boot draws upon multiple conflicts over various issues to weave together a poignant discussion of the similarities and differences of guerilla armies and tactics. A clear differentiation is made between those that engage in armed struggle and those that employ terrorist tactics without a wider methodical approach. An excellent boot for anyone interested in the international relations aspects of modern unconventional warfare. The background and historical approach adopted by Max Boot enables the reader to more clearly understand the motivations and tactics across some of the most important conflicts of the modern world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward B. Crutchley on 6 Feb. 2014
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This is an encompassing and very readable history of insurgency and counterinsurgency from ancient times to the present, with expanding focus on recent times. Dozens of case histories are fluidly pulled together to illustrate the evolution of tactics on both sides, key innovators and star or infamous players, and the results they produced. Embedded in the stories are the various techniques employed, from punitive methods, strength in numbers and resources and the use of outside assistance to mobility, infiltration, containment, winning hearts and minds, and various forms of passive inducement. Whereas the author avoids making a textbook of the subject, thereby assuring its readability, it is a pity that the extensive database of conflicts at the end did not contain more analysis. Highly recommended, all the same.
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A well researched and detailed analysis of insurgency and asymmetrical warfare from ancient times onward. Draws some interesting and well-reasoned conclusions (albeit ones a British reader might not always completely agree with) regarding the factors that support and foster insurgent movements and how modern military forces might successfully challenge guerrilla and insurgent forces. The book is ~ 60% narrative and the remainder consists of an appendix listing these asymmetric conflicts (which country fought which movement, when, outcomes, etc), detailed notes/sources and the like. The format of the appendix (presumably stretching across two pages in a hard-copy version) does not read easily in a kindle screen without some tinkering with the settings to shrink the text sufficiently or to allow scrolling across. However, this is a minor (technical) criticism of what is, overall, an interesting work.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Ferrar on 28 Nov. 2013
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Max Boot has written comprehensively and convincingly about a subject which has long fascinated the public. It is carefully researched, full of expert judgments, and delightly recounted as a coherent story from the beginning of times.
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