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War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today

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"Max Boot, in his meticulously researched new book...does as much as any other writer of recent vintage to bring the fleshy reality of warfare back into view....[A] timely and important work, providing an excellent thumbnail sketch of the sometimes simultaneous strokes of genius, luck, and technological smarts that kings and generals have used for centuries to best their enemies in the field." Paul McLeary, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire CSM review)

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Publisher Comments:

A monumental, groundbreaking work of history that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield — from the Spanish Armada to the War on Terror — and how mastery of these innovations has shaped the rise and fall of nations and empires.

In War Made New, acclaimed author Max Boot explores how innovations in warfare mark crucial turning points in modern history, influencing events well beyond the realm of combat. Combining gripping narrative history with wide-ranging analysis, Boot focuses on four "revolutions" in military affairs and describes key battles from each period to explain how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-guided air-strikes have remade the field of battle — and shaped the rise and fall of empires.

Bringing to life battles from the defeat of the Spanish Armada to Wellington's victory at Assaye, War Made New analyzes the Gunpowder Revolution and explains warfare’s evolution from ritualistic, drawn-out engagements to much deadlier events, precipitating the rise of the modern nation state. He next explores the triumph of steel and steam during the Industrial Revolution, including the British triumph at Omdurman and the climax of the Russo-Japanese war at Tsushima, showing how it powered the spread of European colonial empires. Moving into the twentieth century and the Second Industrial Revolution, Boot examines three critical clashes of World War II — the German army's blitzkrieg, Pearl Harbor, and the firebombing of Tokyo — to illustrate how new technology such as the tank, radio, and airplane ushered in terrifying new forms of warfare that aided the rise of highly centralized, and even totalitarian, world powers.

Finally, in his section on the Information Revolution, Boot focuses on the Gulf War, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the Iraq war, arguing that even as cutting-edge technologies such as stealth aircraft have made America the greatest military power in world history, advanced communications systems have allowed decentralized, "irregular" forces to become an increasingly significant threat to Western power.

Review:

"Fifty-eight years ago, the great science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke wrote about an intergalactic commander mournfully recounting how his empire had been defeated. On the starships, the commander said, his unequalled Spheres of Annihilation weapons, guided by all-knowing Battle Analyzer computers, had never performed as expected. An inferior enemy, meanwhile, had moved stolidly into the gaps created... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[Boot] provides illuminating detail on individual battles, while also assessing the fitness and character of the commanders, as well as the culture of their armies and their missions." New York Times

Review:

"Mr. Boot takes a daring — and successful — tack in approaching his subject; rather than attempt to be exhaustively comprehensive, he treats battles like lily pads, jumping from one to the next in quick succession across the pond of history." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Readable and informative, this book provides a valuable overview of how military innovations can abruptly affect the course of history." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Advance Praise for War Made New

“Max Boot traces the impact of military revolutions on the course of politics and history over the past 500 years. In doing so, he shows that changes in military technology are limited not to warfighting alone, but play a decisive role in shaping our world. Sweeping and erudite, while entirely accessible to the lay reader, this work is key for anyone interested in where military revolutions have taken us—and where they might lead in the future”

—U.S. Senator John McCain

“While much has been in written in recent years about the so-called ‘Revolution in Military Affairs‛ Max Boot is the first scholar to place it within the broad sweep of history, and in the context of the rise of the West in world affairs since 1500. In so doing, he not only tells a remarkable tale, but he compels us all, even those obsessed solely with contemporary military affairs, to ask the right questions and to distinguish what is truly new and revolutionary from what is merely ephemeral. He has rendered a valuable service, and given us a fascinating read at the same time, so we are doubly in his debt”

—Paul Kennedy, Professor of History at Yale University and author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

War Made New is impressive in scope. What is equally impressive is its unique interpretation of the causal relationship between technology, warfare and the contemporary social milieu. This is a superb thinking person's book which scrutinizes conventional historical wisdom through a new lens”

—Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, USMC (ret.), co-author of Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

“Max Boot's book takes hundred of years of tactical battle history and reduces it to an incisive narrative of how war has changed. By providing such a coherent view of the past, he has pointed us toward the future. What is doubly impressive is how he draws surprising, fresh lessons from wars we thought we knew so much about but in fact didn't”

—Robert D. Kaplan, author of Imperial Grunts

About the Author

Max Boot is the author of the award-winning The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power, which was selected as a 2002 Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. A senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a weekly foreign-affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times, he lectures regularly at numerous military schools and advises the Department of Defense on transformation issues.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592402229
Subtitle:
Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World
Author:
Boot, Max
Publisher:
Gotham
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military art and science
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
Military history, Modern
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070816
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
9.46x6.58x1.90 in. 2.40 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 640 pages Gotham Books - English 9781592402229 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Max Boot, in his meticulously researched new book...does as much as any other writer of recent vintage to bring the fleshy reality of warfare back into view....[A] timely and important work, providing an excellent thumbnail sketch of the sometimes simultaneous strokes of genius, luck, and technological smarts that kings and generals have used for centuries to best their enemies in the field." (read the entire CSM review)
"Review" by , "[Boot] provides illuminating detail on individual battles, while also assessing the fitness and character of the commanders, as well as the culture of their armies and their missions."
"Review" by , "Mr. Boot takes a daring — and successful — tack in approaching his subject; rather than attempt to be exhaustively comprehensive, he treats battles like lily pads, jumping from one to the next in quick succession across the pond of history."
"Review" by , "Readable and informative, this book provides a valuable overview of how military innovations can abruptly affect the course of history."
"Synopsis" by , Advance Praise for War Made New

“Max Boot traces the impact of military revolutions on the course of politics and history over the past 500 years. In doing so, he shows that changes in military technology are limited not to warfighting alone, but play a decisive role in shaping our world. Sweeping and erudite, while entirely accessible to the lay reader, this work is key for anyone interested in where military revolutions have taken us—and where they might lead in the future”

—U.S. Senator John McCain

“While much has been in written in recent years about the so-called ‘Revolution in Military Affairs‛ Max Boot is the first scholar to place it within the broad sweep of history, and in the context of the rise of the West in world affairs since 1500. In so doing, he not only tells a remarkable tale, but he compels us all, even those obsessed solely with contemporary military affairs, to ask the right questions and to distinguish what is truly new and revolutionary from what is merely ephemeral. He has rendered a valuable service, and given us a fascinating read at the same time, so we are doubly in his debt”

—Paul Kennedy, Professor of History at Yale University and author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

War Made New is impressive in scope. What is equally impressive is its unique interpretation of the causal relationship between technology, warfare and the contemporary social milieu. This is a superb thinking person's book which scrutinizes conventional historical wisdom through a new lens”

—Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, USMC (ret.), co-author of Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

“Max Boot's book takes hundred of years of tactical battle history and reduces it to an incisive narrative of how war has changed. By providing such a coherent view of the past, he has pointed us toward the future. What is doubly impressive is how he draws surprising, fresh lessons from wars we thought we knew so much about but in fact didn't”

—Robert D. Kaplan, author of Imperial Grunts

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