Max Boot is a military historian and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Max Boot is the author of three widely acclaimed books: The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power (2002), War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today (2006), and, most recently, the New York Times best-sellerInvisible Armies: The Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present (2013). Max Boot is also a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and The Los Angeles Times, a blogger for Commentary, and a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other publications. Max Boot has advised military commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his books have been assigned reading by the military services. Max Boot was a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2007-2008, a defense policy adviser to Mitt Romney in 2011-2012, and head of the Counter-Terrorism Working Group for Marco Rubio in 2015-2016.  He is writing two books for Norton/Liveright: a biography of Ronald Reagan and book entitled The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Experience in Vietnam.Max Boot graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (BA, history, 1991) and Yale University (MA, history, 1992). Born in Moscow, he grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in New York City.


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"A master historian" -- New York Times

"A penetrating writer and thinker" -- Wall Street Journal

"Not only an excellent historian, but also an excellent writer" 
-- Philadelphia Inquirer

"One of the 500 most influential Americans in foreign policy" 
-- World Affairs Councils

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October 8, 2016



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 Max Boot discusses Donald Trump's debate responses on national security issues

September 28, 2016

“Destined to be the classic account of what may be the oldest . . . hardest form of war.” —John Nagl, Wall Street Journal


"Enormous, brilliant and important…. Terrific… Astute… Boot’s Invisible Armies should be required reading in the White House and Pentagon." —Michael Korda, Daily Beast

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