Tuesday, June 18, 2013

War Made New: Max Boot

Max Boot is an historian who is very skilled at taking a wide ranging topic, selecting a few examples, and then examining them with encyclopedic knowledge and scope.

This is certain the case with his War Made New: Technology, Warefare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today. Boot's premise is simple. New technologies create new opportunities for those who wage war. But more advanced and destructive weapons of war do not insure victory. Again and again he shows how far inferior forces have won against larger powers by deploying new strategies and tactics.

This book is about technology and how it changes war, but it is also very much about how tactical and strategic decisions still govern the conduct of war, and ultimately lead to victory or defeat.

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