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

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 15, 2013 - History - 750 pages
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As fitting for the twenty-first century as von Clausewitz’s On War was in its own time, Invisible Armies is a complete global history of guerrilla uprisings through the ages.

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, masterfully 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 explodes everything we thought we knew about unconventional combat. The result is both an enthralling read and our most important work on nontraditional warfare.
  

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

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This book is a huge book that may look scary like a reference manual. This book can also be used as a personal weapon in closed quarter battles. This book can also be used to learn from other people's ... Read full review

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

User Review  - David - Goodreads

In this sprawling epic history of guerrilla warfare, Boot attempts to construct a single, interwoven narrative of all the most notable insurgencies and counterinsurgencies of world history, stretching ... Read full review

Contents

CLASSICAL CONFLICTS
4
AKKAD AND THE ORIGINS OF INSURGENCY
13
CREATE A DESERT
19
THE GUERRILLA PARADOX
41
WAR BY THE BOOK
52
IRREGULARS IN THE AGE OF REASON
59
WAR TO THE KNIFE
80
BLACK SPARTACUS
92
THE REGULAR IRREGULARS
288
RESISTANCE AND COLLABORATION
306
ASSESSING THE SUPERSOLDIERS 53
313
THE END OF EMPIRE
319
THE RISE OF THE RED EMPEROR
328
ADIEU AT DIEN BIEN PHU
347
CONVINCE OR COERCE
364
A MAN AND A PLAN
378

GREEKS AND THEIR LOVERS
101
HERO OF TWO WORLDS
109
REVOLUTIONARY CONSEQUENCES
122
THE SKULKING WAY OF WAR
132
THE WINNING OF THE WEST
141
THE WINNING OF THE EAST
154
DARK DEFILES
164
NORTHWEST FRONTIER
172
COMMANDOS
184
HIGH NOON FOR EMPIRE
198
SUICIDE KNIFERS
205
JOHN BROWNS BODY
211
THE DESTRUCTION OF RECONSTRUCTION
218
PROPAGANDA BY THE DEED
226
HUNTING THE TSAR
235
SHINNERS AND PEELERS
246
THE TERRORIST MIND
260
Guerrillas and Commandos in the World Wars
267
THE EVOLUTION OF AN ARCHAEOLOGIST
274
A DISTINCTLY BRITISH APPROACH?
389
BOOK VII
395
CREATING SOUTH VIETNAM
407
THE OTHER WAR
413
FOCO OR LOCO?
440
THE CHILDREN OF 68AND 48
450
ARAFATS ODYSSEY
460
LEFT OUT OR REBELS WITHOUT A CAUSE
475
FIFTY DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD
481
THE A TEAM
501
THE TERRORIST INTERNATIONALE
515
CARNAGE IN MESOPOTAMIA
529
COUNTERINSURGENCY REDISCOVERED
535
DOWN AND OUT?
547
THE INVISIBLE ARMIES DATABASE
569
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
591
BIBLIOGRAPHY
643
INDEX
709
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About the author (2013)

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. The author of The Savage Wars of Peace and War Made New, he lives in New York.

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