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Max Boot

Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author 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. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a columnist for The Washington Post. 

Historian, Best-Selling Author, Columnist
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Max Boot's biography of Ronald Reagan, "Reagan: His Life and Legend," will be released in September 2024 by Norton/Liveright. You can pre-order it now. His previous biography, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam (Norton/Liveright, 2018), was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in biography. 

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Max Boot is a columnist for The Washington Post. He has also been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Commentary, and many other publications. 


Boot has been a CNN analyst and a regular guest on MSNBC, NPR, BBC, and many other radio and television programs.

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