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War Is A Racket [Kindle Edition]

Smedley Butler
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Book Description

Two time Medal of Honor recipient United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler tackles war profiteering and United States military adventurism in this, his now classic, pamphlet.


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Smedley Darlington Butler (1881-1940), nicknamed "The Fighting Quaker" and "Old Gimlet Eye," was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. By the end of his career he had received 16 medals, five of which were for heroism. He is one of 19 people to be twice awarded the Medal of Honor, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only person to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.

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  • File Size: 40 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BRK7PQ4
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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the shortened version November 18, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I gave this 1 star NOT because this book is horrible. In fact, it deserves 5 stars! This version with the Evil Uncle Sam on the cover is such a short version (hence the price) that you loose virtually all the famous quotes. This version states 28 pages yet the first words start on page 7. The Green Olive Leaf paperback has 80 of the original writtings. I got what I paid for :.(
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's right April 25, 2002
Format:Hardcover
In this short book, retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler, winner of two Congressional Medals of Honor, describes his understanding of the motivations and causes of America's turn-of-the-century international wars (AKA: The Banana Wars) in the Carribean, South America, and China.

Here, General Butler explains the actual motivations for 'fighting for the USA' beyond the USA's borders and shores. The reader will learn how big business, hand-in-hand with government, is often the reason we get into wars outside our own country.

An extremely interesting book, complex yet clearly written, "War is a Racket" is relevant to today's situation and will help you understand how we choose our overseas fights and why we fight them.

-- JJ Timmins
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the paperback December 3, 2011
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Don't buy the paperback with the Uncle Sam figure on the over. At 28 pages, it's either a pamphlet reprint or it is edited down. It is a very superficial treatment of the subject - a disappointment. I was visiting Butler's house last week, spoke with relatives, and I went looking for his book, prepared to be impressed. I am hoping that he has more substance than what is in this 28 page pamphlet. It is a screed against capitalism, but the Army that bought the millions of dollars worth of equipment that he points out as unnecessary, or leftover, or out of date, gets a free pass. He blames the sellers, but does not inquire about the buyers. The famous quote about being the "gangster for capitalism" is not in the book. It is from a speech he gave on the same subject. Perhaps this is his whole book - if so, it is freely available online. Don't waste the shipping charge for these 28 pages.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read August 5, 2010
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I recommend reading this book. It only takes about 20 minutes and can be found online for free. It was written in 1935 and much of what he predicted came true and much of what he observed is still true. The analysis of profit and warfare versus who is making the real sacrifice is good. Many of his objections, while philosophically correct (in my opinion), have been taken out of the equation for the time being. He had a lot of heartburn over the draft and who got sent and how much they got paid. Now we are pretty much all volunteer and get paid relatively well. Of course I think this just makes it easier to send troops to war and he would probably have been against that result. He finishes with a 3 step method to limit wars and a great closing line, "TO HELL WITH WAR."
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War Is A Racket:the profit motive behind warfare May 31, 2010
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U.S. Marine Brigadier General Smedley Butler, the most decorated military man in history, saw first-hand the lies and deceits that characterize modern warfare. He blew the whistle on the corruption and waste of lives of World War I, traveling nationally to spread the word. He warned American citizens time and again that they were being duped by the power brokers that run the American economy and that America's sons were being sacrificed for the profit motive. He offered a solution in the form of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would prevent the U.S. from making war outside our national borders.This is a powerful book all the more so in that it's power rings as true today as it did when published in 1935.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting and hard to read!! June 9, 2014
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This is a really difficult read by someone who has slowly come to realize the true evils of war and who profits from it. The author is not some pacifist coward but a warrior who has realized that he and the ones he served with in battle have been had by some very evil men. We are a military family but right now the VA IS BEING EXPOSED FOR THE UNCARING GROUP THAT IT IS CONCERNING OUR VETERANS. You either have to ignore the evidence and personal experience or begin to free yourself from the war manipulators.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good quick read November 21, 2012
By KRANZO
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Smedley Butler is a true American hero and he was warning about the military industrial complex decades before Ike. His ideas about government wouldn't fly these days but man oh man are they interesting. It's a really short book and definitely a great one to have on your kindle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Expose February 6, 2014
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I had read this book online awhile back but just recently picked up a paper copy. This book is a very worth reading. Maj. Gen S. D. Butler, unlike most anti-war activists, was a highly decorated professional soldier who renounced the political and financial "game" of almost all modern wars. I agree with Butler in having a strong national defense and absolutely no foreign intervention (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.). This is a definite read for a libertarian patriot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book
Smedley wrote this back before WW2 but obviously not many read it or believed what they were reading then. It makes just too much sense. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ryanb9
2.0 out of 5 stars there are apparently 2 versions of this, one is ...
there are apparently 2 versions of this, one is a 208 pg. book, the other is a 20 some pg. booklet . I thought I got the book but instead I got the pamphlet. Buyer beware
Published 17 days ago by lance kelly patton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A nice explanation of earlier aspects of the American empire.
Published 19 days ago by A. P. Hinton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Condition perfect. Was a good read.
Published 27 days ago by charleshlapo
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading!
Gen. Butler pulls no punches in this easy to read booklet exposing the sinister machinations behind the warmongering profiteers. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Native Texan
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Was not relevant to the worlds events of today.
Published 1 month ago by james williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Smedley Butler
Good price good book about a man that should be in all American History Books!
Published 1 month ago by Gregory B. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Long before CCR sang 'Senator's Son'
This is an all-time classic from a man who definitely earned TWO Medals of Honor. General Butler pulls no punches, after he saw the light on how the lives of himself and his men... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tells it like it is You want A war you pay for ...
Tells it like it is You want A war you pay for it!! Yes you are smart. you can can for a war & have the poor pay for it I say to hell with war
Published 1 month ago by Arturo L Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone should read this book.
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