- Hardcover: 784 pages
- Publisher: Liveright (15 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0871404249
- ISBN-13: 978-0871404244
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 5.1 x 24.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 15 Feb 2013
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...[I]mpressively researched, astutely synthesized, and eminently readable. --Booklist
Mr. Boot's impressive work of military history is destined to be the classic account of what may be the oldest as well as the hardest form of war. --Wall Street Journal
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
In a nutshell, Boot's argument is that small, irregular forces can win against larger armies when the smaller forces have popular support at home, ideally combined with external support and/or the approval of the broader public. Foreign occupiers trying to impose their will by main force will, no matter how great their firepower, have an uphill battle to fight, as the US found to its dismay in Vietnam. Successful counterinsurgency tactics will almost always rely on a combination of force with public relations; apparent exceptions, such as the Russian use of scorched-earth techniques in the Second Chechen War, actually prove the rule, as the Russian army was, technically, on its own territory, and was allied with the Kadyrov family.
While the concept is simple, arriving at it has not been, and Boot traces the fortunes of various insurgents and counterinsurgents through the ages, from ancient Mesopotamia to medieval Scotland, the American West, Algeria, Indochina, Afghanistan, and back to modern Mesopotamia, aka the Middle East. The circular structure is no accident, as Boot is, above all else, a master storyteller, and every chapter in the book is full of punchy phrases and vivid action.Read more ›
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A well researched and detailed analysis of insurgency and asymmetrical warfare from ancient times onward. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2014 by Ian Houston
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... Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2014 by Scott Coxon