September 2, 2008

Book Review - Savage Wars of Peace

Conflicts that have not been declared as "wars" have made up the majority of the military engagements that have involved the United States. Surprisingly, though, the American military has resisted preparing for conflicts at this scale, instead training for large-scale war. This book is, in part, an history of the small armed conflicts in which the United States has been involved from 1800 through the 1990s. It is also an analysis and criticism of American small wars doctrine, particularly as it has been applied in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Regardless, Boot brings to the foreground a part of American military history that often is ignored and unexamined.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power
Max Boot
E 181 .B728 2003