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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening look at warfare, January 19, 2013
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This review is from: Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present (Hardcover)
First, this was an interesting and original idea for a book. Boot takes a previously undefined form of warfare and gives us over 2000 years of its history and allows the reader to decide how he wants to define its evolution.

Many of these historical episodes have been reviewed before while others are less well known but all are a fascinating look at how warfare has not always been thousands of soldiers staring each other in the eye and using a weapon until one falls as most history leads us to believe that it was until the American Civil War. As a matter of fact this book makes you realize that guerilla warfare has throughout time been the rule rather than an exception.

Boot formats the book to be read as a series of short histories on each period or battle or to be read straight through from beginning to end. The format is reader friendly for someone who is going to read a few pages and come back for a few more the next day. If a reader is only interested in one period of history it is set for that reader as well.

Boot also shows us that while guerilla warfare has changed over the centuries it has always been there in some form and certainly wasn't originated by modern terrorists. This book shows us that warfare evolved and changed along with the human race. We also realize that this type of warfare has been a great equalizer over the centuries for forces of good and evil.

The maps and illustrations are helpful and Boot does a good job of not going into technical jargon but just telling us the stories as they happened. He does so in a way that makes the reading interesting, thought provoking, and adding to the readers knowledge of this form a warfare.

An excellent addition to anyone's history library.
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2013 5:52:48 AM PST
MB says:
Based on your review,I will purchase this book.Good review.You may also wish to look at WAR IN THE SHADOWS by Robert B. Asprey,a dated (1975) but interesting tome(2 vols 660some pages each). MB

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2013 4:59:56 PM PST
EWebb says:
Thanks for the compliment and recommendation. I'll look into getting the Asprey book. Looks like there is a newer abridged version available but yikes at that price :)....bet I can find the original on the auction sites for a better deal.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2013 5:38:03 AM PST
MB says:
Check on Amazon's Marketplace sites.I found the book club edition(2 vols)at a decent price,but that has been a number of years back.
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