Butler joined the Marines in 1898 and saw action all over the world, winning two Medals of Honor, but he is remembered not so much for his military exploits as for his apostasy during his latter years. A statement he made in 1935 sums up the drastic turnabout: "I spent 33 years in the Corps, and spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business." He also said he had been a racketeer for capitalism who "helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street." Schmidt, a lecturer in history at the University of Hong Kong, traces Butler's stormy career: his various expeditionary campaigns, his central role in internal Marine Corps politics during the 1920s and his bizarre but effective war on crime and vice in Philadelphia. As pure biography, Marine Maverick is a colorful story about a swashbuckling establishment-shaker. Schmidt's book is particularly valuable, however, for the insights it provides into Yankee imperialism and its racist undertones. Photos.
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"A sympathetic portrait of a Victorian officer-warrior who lost his way as he advanced in rank and his America and his Marine Corps changed after World War I."―Journal of American History
"This long-awaited biography is as crisp as a David Brinkley commentary. Fact-packed and exquisitely documented."―Naval Institute Proceedings
"As pure biography, Maverick Marine is a colorful story about a swashbuckling establishment-shaker. Schmidt's book is particularly valuable, however, for the insights it provides into Yankee imperialism and its racist undertones."―Publishers Weekly
If Icouldaffordit Iwouldmaila millioncopies to Republicans.Published 3 months ago by milton chapman
TWO NAVY MEDALS OF HONOR, FOR TWO SEPARATE DEEDS, THE MARINE CORPS BREVET MEDAL, FOR COMBAT LEADERSHIP WHILE UNDER FIRE AS WELL AS BOTH THE NAVY AND ARMY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE... Read morePublished 5 months ago by NESSER BROTHER FAN
Outstanding! I am a Smedley Butler fan. He was the most honest, courageous and effective Marine and General in our history. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cajun fan
just the facts....wish it wouldve been more fictional at timesPublished 9 months ago by texas cowboy
If you like American, international, political and military history, of the period, 1900 to 1940, you will find this interesting. The Author does a good job of fairness and facts. Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. vonBlankenburg
General Butler's memoir describes his life as a career marine and regrets the time he spent defending the investments of US banks and businesses world wide. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Charles W. Gallagher
A terrific book by a 2 time MOH winner. He identifies the military industrial complex and the futility of war.Published 22 months ago by Robert Whitener
Very few men win one Congressional Medals of Honor (CMH). Most Medal of Honor winners die in the act of earning the award. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Phred
A book about a Two Time Medal of Honor winning Marine Corp General. Why Have you never hear of him, because he spoke out about how his soldiers were used as stooges by American... Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Richard O. Williams III