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"Mays’ book is a near-comprehensive, thorough and readable introduction to the history of American guerrilla warfare" — Daniel Bergen, Real Clear Books

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American Guerrillas: From the French and Indian Wars to Iraq and Afghanistan—How Americans Fight Unconventional Wars

American Guerrillas is a compelling narrative history of how Americans have fought unconventional warfare from the French and Indian Wars and the Revolution through the anti-insurgent campaigns of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Cumberland Blood: Champ Ferguson’s Civil War

This compelling volume delves into the violent story of Champ Ferguson, who acted independently of the Confederate army in a personal war that eventually garnered the censure of Confederate officials.

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Latest Blog Posts.

New Oxford text on American military history, “In Harm’s Way,” builds upon “American Guerrillas.”

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/in-harms-way-9780190210793?q=In%20harm%27s%20way&lang=en&cc=us

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Nice new review of Guerrillas

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2177598320

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How Central Command Beat ISIS

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/167695 Professor Brian Glyn Williams, author of Counter Jihad. The American Military Experience in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria (December 2016), has produced a thoroughly researched summery of the fall of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Williams summarizes the role of American Special Forces in training, advising, and most importantly targeting insurgents for US air and […]

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About Dr. Thomas D. Mays

Dr. Mays is a professor of history at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. He came to HSU in 2003 after spending five years teaching history at Quincy University in Illinois. He was raised in the Midwest and his family's traditional home in Virginia. He retired from the military after serving 25 years on active duty and reserves. He holds a Ph.D. from TCU, an M.A. from Virginia Tech, and a B.A. from Roanoke College. Currently he teaches early American history including colonial era through the Civil War. His interests include the American Revolutionary and Civil War eras. He has four books and several articles in print.