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As fitting for the 21st Century as von Clausewitz's On War was in its own time, Max Boot's new Invisible Armies:  An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present is a complete global history of guerrilla uprisings through the ages.

The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a renowned military historian, Boot is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and author of The Savage Wars of Peace:  Small Wars and the Rise of American Power and War Made New:  Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World.  He was also a military advisor in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports his work at CFR.

From W. W. Norton & Company's Liveright Publishing, Boot's Invisible Armies begins with the first insurgencies in the ancient world -- when Alexander the Great discovered that fleet nomads were harder to defeat than massive conventional armies.  He then masterfully guides readers 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 explodes everything we thought we knew about unconventional combat.  The result is both an enthralling read and an important work on nontraditional warfare.
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