Max Boot is an editorial features editor at the Wall Street Journal. Boot is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (2001). Boot is the author of The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power. According to Publisher's Weekly, which reviewed the book, he "has a reputation as a fire-breathing polemicist and unabashed imperialist." He is a self-described neo-conservative.
According to his Benador Associates' biography:
- "Max Boot is Olin Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard.
- "His last book, The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power (Basic Books) was selected as one of the best books of 2002 by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Christian Science Monitor. He is now writing his next book, a history of military technology revolutions over the past 500 years, tentatively titled, War Made New: Four Great Revolutions That Changed the Face of Battle.
- "Before joining the Council in October 2002, Boot spent eight years as a writer and editor at The Wall Street Journal, the last five years as editorial features editor. He was twice named one of America's 30 leading business journalists under 30 by the TGFR Newsletter. From 1992 to 1994 he was an editor and writer at The Christian Science Monitor.
- "Boot's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications
- "Boot is a frequent public speaker who has addressed institutions ranging from the Naval War College to the American Bar Association to Dartmouth College. He has also appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, CNBC, ABC, National Public Radio, and numerous other television and radio outlets.
- "Boot holds a bachelor's degree in history, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley (1991), and a master's degree in history from Yale University (1992). He lives with his wife and three children in Larchmont, N.Y."
In his own words
Max Boot, Herzliya Conference, Israel, December 16, 2004:
- "But then why is the term being used to apply to people today like Paul Wolfowitz or Bill Kristol, or even little old me when I don’t – I’ve never been a Leninist, or a Trotskyite, or even a democrat. I’ve always been a con, and no neo about it. And yet nevertheless, I find myself, and a number of other people, being described as, as neo-cons."
Articles by Boot
- Max Boot, "What the Heck Is a Neocon?", Wall Street Journal, December 30, 2002.
- "Max Boot: Senior Fellow, National Security Studies", Council on Foreign Relations, accessed May 2005.
- "Max Boot", Right-Web, November 20, 2003.
- Joshua Micah Marshall, "Practice to Deceive", The Washington Monthly, April 2003.
- Paul Crespo, "A New Age of American Imperialism”, The Miami Herald, June 23, 2003.
- Paul D. Thacker, "The junkman climbs to the top", Environmental Science and Technology, May 11, 2005.