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War Made New Book Review

Max Boot’s work, War Made New: Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World is an in-depth analysis as to how innovation and growth in warfare mark crucial turning points in history. Through painstaking research and engaging storytelling, Max navigates readers through the evolution of warfare and provides a deep understanding of how military strategies and technologies have shaped the
world we live in today.

Evolution of Warfare

The text begins with the gunpowder revolution and progresses through the Industrial Revolution and beyond to today’s information revolution. Using key battles from each era Boot explains how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-guided air strikes have remade the field of battle and shaped the rise and fall of empires. His comprehensive approach allows readers to grasp the complex interplay between technological advancements, strategic thinking, and geopolitical factors that have shaped the art of war.

Engaging Prose

By providing an exciting intro to each chapter, Boot manages to grip his readers and seize their attention as he outlines his main points. Author provides the background and detailed descriptions of the actual combat of several campaigns to demonstrate the effect of intelligent adoption of the new technologies produced in each of the four revolutions. Boot demonstrates his expertise by skillfully navigating the reader through the various wars ranging from the Spanish Armada to the German Blitzkrieg of WWII, while still maintaining their interest. What makes this book an impeccable read is Boot’s storytelling ability coupled with easy-to-understand concepts that almost always universally apply, even in different centuries of warfare.

A Glimpse into the Future

In addition to recounting historical events, Boot provides readers with a thoughtful analysis of the implications these technological advances have upon the future. He extracts lessons from history, providing readers with valuable perspectives on how the past can inform future military strategies and policies. This perspective adds a layer of relevance to the book making it a guide for understanding the trajectory of military innovation and its potential ramifications for the future.


While the book offers an insightful exploration of the military landscape, it is not without its criticisms. some argue that Boot’s use of facts and figures sometimes takes shortcuts. According to one author writing in a “Review of War Made New;’ the “eminent historian William McNeill, criticized the book because he felt it omitted important events and failed to analyze crucial nonmilitary aspects of the events it did treat”. Moreover, there’s a potential bias toward Western perspectives, with limited emphasis on innovations from non-Western cultures, which could be seen as a limitation in presenting a truly global history of military innovation.

In conclusion

War Made New is an easy and intriguing read regarding the key advancements made in military history. Boot manages to break the last five hundred years of history into two sections allowing the reader to clearly understand the background of the battles he is describing, painting a vivid picture in the reader’s mind. Max Boot’s compelling narrative and insightful analysis make this book a must-read for history enthusiasts, military strategists, and anyone interested in understanding the profound impact of innovation on the course of human conflict.

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