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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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About the Author

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
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BRK7PQ4
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the shortened version November 18, 2011
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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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's right April 25, 2002
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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18 of 18 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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9 of 9 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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7 of 7 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars insight from the past January 24, 2011
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I was impressed by the style and ability of this writer to promote an image of war that many do not consider.
Useful for teachers when teaching style or discussing ideas about propaganda or bias.
A surprising little find! Ironically funny in terms of how outrageous industries can be when making a penny out of war!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading August 18, 2013
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In my opinion, the main value of this book is the man telling the story. His experience and position lend so much credibility to the information he relates. I have done a great deal of research into this field and I can't say there were any surprises for me. But for those just delving in, it would be eye-opening indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good quick read November 21, 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Find out Why we go to War!
Amazing breath of fresh air about the great war machine from the man who has been there and done it.
Published 4 days ago by Bruce Fizell
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but to the point. It is true today ...
Short but to the point. It is true today as it was when he wrote it. A short read but needs to be read by every citizen.
Published 7 days ago by Roger E. Mundinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, quick read.
Fascinating and frightening read. To read the stats he references, and to know he is an expert in the realm affirms how the war machine continues to work.
Published 11 days ago by W in MI
5.0 out of 5 stars Very edgy and enjoyable to read. I was shocked ...
Very edgy and enjoyable to read. I was shocked about the facts and its ashamed Butler is still not around to deal with the current issues.
Published 11 days ago by The Edge
5.0 out of 5 stars Something To Think About
Although this book talks about a war that now happened a Century ago, we have been exposed to this Racket time and time again, to include the 21st Century. Mr. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Edward M. Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars War IS a Racket and a scam!
War is a Racket is an easy read book that takes a short time to read, the General gets right to the point. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Robert Washburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Every soldier should read this book.
If you call yourself a patriot you should read this book. American soldiers are not sent oversees to fight for "freedom", they are sent to gain control of people and... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Ernest Hoffs
2.0 out of 5 stars Very light literary effort
no problem with the item... arrived on time and intact... easy to read... was surprised by the very minimal content... more of a collection of memos that a book...
Published 1 month ago by NRG
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad it was so TRUE so long ago!
A short treatise on an important topic from WW-1 which is still TRUE today. War is nothing more than DOLLARS made on LIVES lost! Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Peck
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting and hard to read!!
This is a really difficult read by someone who has slowly come to realize the true evils of war and who profits from it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Louthain
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