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War Made New: Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World Paperback – August 16, 2007
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Perhaps the two best features of this book are the caution with which Mr. Boot approaches the subject and the accessibility he gives it to readers not steeped in military history. War is a very complex and adaptive thing, a chameleon in Karl von Clausewitz's description. No two are alike, and the comparative impact of technology in each is unique, variable, and dependent on other factors which change with each new conflict in unpredictable ways. Mr. Boot thus prefaces his book with two fitting quotes to showcase the range of professional opinion on this fungible factor, one from the eccentric British Armor pioneer J.F.C. Fuller to the extent that technology is the exclusive determinant of battlefield success, the contrasting from Napoleon stating that it's impact is essentially non-existent.
The second very attractive feature of this book is that Mr. Boot is actually quite a good writer who truly makes history an interesting and quick read.Read more ›
The sole gripe is that Mr. Pressfield can be unduly verbose. There are times where he hits an angle several times before moving on. Overall, though, this is a minor issue, and does not detract from the book's value.
Warfare like all other manifestations of mankind's idiosyncrasies will continue to evolve and grow. And until we evolve away from fighting one another, then we must evolve the fight.
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Great beginning to a long book so far! Was shipped faster than expected from vendor! Thank you!Published 15 months ago by Justin Brandt
This proves that "There is nothing new under the sun." It is mandatory reading because too many of us tend to forget that wisdom.Published 20 months ago by Cecilio
I was really looking forward to getting hunkered down with the book with its promise of vast spans of time identifying the locus of technological change that makes for revolutions... Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Rodney J. Szasz
Good book -- used it as reference material for a history paper I was writing. Writing is clear and concise.Published on December 13, 2013 by Jennifer Cummings
I like every Max Boot book I read. As an engineer who is an ex Infantry officer I enjoy the combination of technology and tactics that this book talked about.Published on September 8, 2013 by FB615
One a handful of best history books I've ever read. Incredible portfolio of the last half-millenium of world history through the prism of war, based on advance of technology,... Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by J. Corn