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War Made New: Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  281 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A monumental, groundbreaking work, now in paperback, that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield

Combining gripping narrative history with wide-ranging analysis, War Made New focuses on four ?revolutions? in military affairs and describes how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-guided air strikes have remade the field of bat
Paperback, 640 pages
Published August 16th 2007 by Gotham (first published October 2006)
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Artur Coelho
Max Boot procura demonstrar nestes livro o potencial revolucionário de novas armas adaptadas a tácticas que delas tiram partido ao longo da história ocidental. Opta por relatos de batalhas que considera historicamente basilares e acaba por concluir que novos utensílios levam a novas utilizações e, como McLuhan fez bastante mais cedo e a meditar sobre outras problemáticas, que os generais de hoje estão soberbamente preparados para lutar as guerras de ontem.

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Anson Pham
"War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today," by Max Boot was a book that made me realize that there were many weak and small groups of people could challenge much stronger and better groups. For example, Japan at around 1850 was still keeping out the western influences. But a half a century later, this changed. They became known as one of the superpowers because of its victory in the Russo-Japanese War. A quote explains,"Out of thirty-eight Russian warships that ...more
A very good account of some major changes in warfare since the time Europeans first learned what to do with black powder... only to conclude with two VERY BAD chapters on the latest changes in warfare. Everything that is right with the first 3/4 of the book (level-headed, distanced big-picture view of the historian, accentuated with just enough story-telling and anecdote to make it all come to life) is wrong with the book's last chapters, the ones on the "information technology revolution". That ...more

Whenever I pick up a book, newspaper or magazine, my expectation is that I will be learning something new by reading it. So it is always a bit of a let down when a book fails this test, as did "War Made New" by Max Boot. (OK, so I'm getting old and jaded.)

"War Made New" is nothing new, since the ground was already covered by numerous authors, like van Creveld, Dupuy, Weigley, Addington and others. "War Made New" would do just fine as a starter book, but more experienced readers won't lose anyth
I purchased this book expecting it to be a misguided proclamation of the current overwhelming might of the United States military; however, I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be far more insightful and nuanced than I had anticipated. Boot divides modern military history into periods separated by four “revolutions”—Gunpowder, First Industrial, Second Industrial, and Information. I’m generally skeptical of efforts to say “this period was where the transformation took place.” For inst ...more
As a brief survey of a handful of battles from 1500-2005, this book is serviceable. But as a grand unified theory of the major revolutions in military affairs during that time, it fails. Boot generally favors the 'technology drives innovation in warfare' school of thought, but as a exercise in actually proving that thesis, he fails. He broadly divides military revolutions into four epochs since 1500, Gunpowder, First Industrial, Second Industrial, and Information. He then picks 3-4 battles per e ...more
The American Conservative
'Historical surveys of war and the way technological developments change the way it is fought are common—from the tours de force of major military historians like Martin Van Creveld and William O’Neill to potboilers marketed to 12-year-old boys. In his new book, Max Boot certainly aspires to be among the former, and the enthusiastic recommendations on the book’s dust jacket from no less than Sen. John McCain, Robert Kaplan, retired Lt. Gen. Bernard Trainor, and Paul Kennedy certainly add to this ...more
Phenomenal writing combined with concise analysis. Better than The Savage Wars of Peace, itself a great read. You're right in the middle of some of history's grandest battles -- the Spanish Armada v. England's pirates, ascendent Prussia v. Austria, Russian/Japanese navies duking it out. Entertaining chapters also on Gulf War I and the invasion of Afghanistan.

What Guns, Germs and Steel did for environmental determinism and The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers did for economic determinism, Boot'
Warfare and defense technology are compared throughout five hundred years of history. Divided into clear historical periods, readers may navigate history as desired to focus on specific battles and technological developments.
Jonathan Ojanpera
An amazing historical account of weapons and how we use them.
War Made New uses the theme of differences in warfare technology as the organizing principle for a history of warfare for the last 500 years. Many decisive military confrontations became routs because one side employed weapons, tactics, or organization that were superior to those of their opponents.

War Made New is very readable. It can be treated as a series of vignettes because each battle or “revolution” is independent of the others. On the other hand, it can be read as organic whole because
Incredibly detailed retelling of warfare. Mr. Boot takes the reader through the ages, literally, of how warfare has developed. Sometimes he flexes his large muscle of knowledge a little hard in telling the story of how a single battle or piece of weaponry changed warfare, but if you are able to finish the book you will have a significantly better appreciation of warfare and where it has come from and why it is the way it is now. One down side it that it is a long read, worth it, but long.
Not as good as "Savage Wars of Peace", but still one of the best books out there on the general topic of "revolutions in military affairs". Boot focuses on the importance of non-material factors--organization, doctrine, training, society--that fundamentally determine the ability of militaries to employ technological advantages to their advantage and to make significant changes in the way wars have historically been fought and won.
Carlos D
The story of how warfare has changed according to technological advancements and economic development. Does warfare lead to advancements in technology? or do advancemenmts in technology lead to changes in warfare? It used to be the former, now more of the latter. Very well written, with lots of real world examples from history used to prove the point. If you like history AND blowing stuff up, you'll love this book.
A interesting examination of how technological advances applied to military forces can overturn the existing world power structure and usher in a new world order. The author warns that what happened to powers like the Holy Roman Empire, the Turks, the Austrians, the Spanish, etc. etc. when they failed to keep up with smaller powers armed with better technology can also happen to the United States.
A very good overview of warfare from a technology perspective. But beware, to illustrate the intersection between technology and warfare, the book focuses heavily on battlefield tactics. In my mind, this is actually a positive aspect of the book. The book does not try to do too much. And because of this, it is a success.
Jul 23, 2011 Bill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: war/ military history buffs
Recommended to Bill by: daughter's boyfriend
Shelves: history-military, war
Interesting book and well written. Last chapter was a bit boring and it was sort of irritating that the last 100+ pages were basically the acknowledgements, glossary and index.. Otherwise, I recommend to anyone interested in the history of how technological change affected the military..
Dec 17, 2007 James rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in military history
A scholarly but very readable look at the history of military technology and tactics from the end of the Middle Ages until the beginning of the 21st century. Focuses mainly on western cultures, but effectively covers their interactions with those in other parts of the world.
Sep 01, 2007 Curt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
War and religion are the two things that humanity has spent the most time, effort and money on. That is why they are so interesting. This book is a wonderful overview of the past 500 years of "progress."
Kathrin Passig
Started out well enough, but I had to skip the parts on Iraq and Afghanistan when the author's enthusiasm for gadgetry and general gushing over America got the better of him.
Max Boot's summary of western development since the 1450's is on point and shows that without change a nation can not stay in power.
John Weibull
an excellent analysis of how warfare has changed over the centuries, and how wars have shaped, and influenced human history... a must read
A book well worth reading. The author brings up some very good points about technology and the use of it.
A lot of this can be skipped over. This guy's books aren't nearly as good as Singer's
Steve Luttrell
Better weapons win wars, except for when...(see book).
I am working on this one. I am enjoying it.
Robert White
This book really opened my mind
History of gun powder and RMA
Oct 25, 2007 Cimuchowski marked it as to-read
Referred to by the Economist.
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American author, consultant, editorialist, lecturer, and military historian. He self-identifies as a conservative, once joking that "I grew up in the 1980s, when conservatism was cool".Boot worked as a writer and editor for Christian Science Monitor and then for The Wall Street Journal in the 1990s. He is now Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign ...more
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