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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 82 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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17 of 17 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 A must read for anyone who cares about the USA
General Butler makes it quite clear how and why war is a racket, including some common sense economic analyses. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Tom Braatz
5.0 out of 5 stars "To hell with WAR!" - Gen. Smedely Butler
This short yet powerful piece would never have got my attention without the author being decorated a Marine Corps officer and general which only adds to it's validity. Read more
Published 19 days ago by vincent thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
An excellent case for isolationism from one who has been there. I wish it had more information about his assignments protecting the interests of US businesses overseas. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Charles W. Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars My dad used to say "War is a Racket" all the time
I never knew it was a book by Smedley Butler, until recently. It's a surprisingly easy and short read, jamb-packed with truth that is still very relevant in today's world.
Published 26 days ago by BettyLiberty
4.0 out of 5 stars War is big business - invest your son or daughter!
My headline sums up the greed in war and how it benefits the rich families of the arms manufacturers and their stockholders. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R.Michael Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars War is a Racket
The book confirms what many of my vintage have thought or at least suspected. Getting this information from a highly placed and credible individual and combined with the author... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John David Hollinger
1.0 out of 5 stars Text garbled
Worthless...text is a garbled mess of special characters...buyer will waste your 99 cents and be frustrated all the while
Published 1 month ago by R. Whittington
5.0 out of 5 stars Still true today
Smedley's prognosis is that whenever a war starts its because someone (fatcat) somewhere wants to make a buck, paid for in blood by soldiers & civilians. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
War has been the same through the years. It does not matter when it happened. It takes out the soul of the many defenseless and gives big pocket to the very few. Read more
Published 2 months ago by boricua 100%
5.0 out of 5 stars Money made off of war!
I wanted to know how money is made off of all the wars the United States is constantly in. Author being a decorated veteran explains his findings.
Published 2 months ago by Phelps388
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