The Savage Wars of Peace
Small Wars and the Rise of American Power
By (author) Max Boot
Savage Wars of Peace by Max Boot
Book DescriptionAmerica's "small wars," "imperial wars," or, as the Pentagon now terms them, "low-intensity conflicts," have played an essential but little-appreciated role in its growth as a world power. Beginning with Jefferson's expedition against the Barbary Pirates, Max Boot tells the exciting stories of our sometimes minor but often bloody landings in Samoa, the Philippines, China, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Russia, and elsewhere. Along the way he sketches colorful portraits of little-known military heroes such as Stephen Decatur, "Fighting Fred" Funston, and Smedley Butler. From 1800 to the present day, such undeclared wars have made up the vast majority of our military engagements. Yet the military has often resisted preparing itself for small wars, preferring instead to train for big conflicts that seldom come. Boot re-examines the tragedy of Vietnam through a "small war" prism. He concludes with a devastating critique of the Powell Doctrine and a convincing argument that the armed forces must reorient themselves to better handle small-war missions, because such clashes are an inevitable result of America's far-flung imperial responsibilities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465007219
(235mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 8-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Max Boot
Savage Wars of Peace, Paperback (March 2014)
Beginning with Thomas Jefferson's expedition against the Barbary Pirates and moving onto the Boxer Rebellion, the occupations in Haiti, Nicaragua and the Philippines, and the conflicts in Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, this book shows how these smaller actions have been essential to the growth and projection of American power.
Invisible Armies, Hardback (February 2013)
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.
War Made New, Paperback / softback (May 2012)
Combining gripping narrative history with wide-ranging analysis, this book focuses on four revolutions in military affairs and describes how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-guided air strikes have remade the field of battle--and shaped the rise and fall of empires.
Out of Order, Paperback (April 1999)» View all books by Max Boot
This work argues that the failure of the US judicial system is judges who are too lenient, who fail to protect children and battered spouses, and allow the abuse of the civil justice system, especially in liability cases that ruin businesses and deprive the public of valuable goods and services.
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Author Biography - Max Boot
Max Boot is a senior fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His writing has appeared in many publications, and he has twice been a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award. His previous book, Out of Order: Arrogance, Corruption, and Incompetence on the Bench, was published by Basic Books in 1998. He lives with his wife and three children in Westchester County, New York.
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