The Savage Wars Of Peace

Small Wars And The Rise Of American Power

by Max Boot

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  • 9780465064939
  • 9780465038664
"Anyone who wants to understand why America has permanently entered a new era in international relations must read [this book].... Vividly written and thoroughly researched." --Los Angeles Times

America's "small wars," "imperial war," 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 Smedly Butler.

This revised and updated edition of Boot's compellingly readable history of the forgotten wars that helped promote America's rise in the lst two centuries includes a wealth of new material, including a chapter on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a new afterword on the lessons of the post-9/11 world.

  • Basic Books; March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780465038664
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  • Title: The Savage Wars Of Peace
  • Author: Max Boot
  • Imprint: Basic Books
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  • 9780465038664

In The Press

"A fascinating set of case studies worth reading for the stories alone."—The Washington Post Book World


About The Author

Max Boot is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. A contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times, Boot lives in the New York area.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780465064939
  • 9780465038664