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on July 10, 2013
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Butler's reflections after a long military career is useful. How often have we enguaged an enemy without a thoughtful plan for extraction? Butler concern is that we get into war where some of us pay in blood while other Americans make fat profits. This ought not to be. Rather, if the industrialists served in the military along with their kin we would not get in foreign entanglements thoughtlessly; so says Butler. The author gets right to the point and makes his argument in a clear way. Way to go Marine!
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on July 8, 2013
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Butler tells it like it is. Short but sweet. Quick and easy read. Butler describes the motivations for war as only an old soldier could.
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on July 6, 2013
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Eisenhower warned us, about half a century ago, a small elite group was preparing to take control of the military industrial complex and if the public did not prevent it happening it would go on to run the United States in such a way that would greatly enhance its influence and affluence rather than that of the republic's. And, as we all know, his prediction was all too well-founded. You could be excused for thinking that when Eisenhower was romping around in short pants political life in the US was nothing like that. The Constitution was sacrosanct and the Founding Fathers' warnings about engaging in foreign adventures were of course heeded by everyone. Well, just a few paragraphs of Smedley Butler's passionately argued short book will quickly disillusion you about that. This most decorated Marine in US history speaks to us from three of four generations back and points out that the American public were just as socially irresponsible and politically naive at the turn of the twentieth century as it is here at the turn of the twenty-first. It seems the fat cats ran just as rampant; the constraints of international law similarly failed to hold them in check; constitutional restrictions were also just as ineffective; and the wider public good was equally irrelevant to them. If you read 'War is a Racket', it's entirely up to you whether you feel even more disillusioned and despondent about the US or whether you take some solace in the fact that those in control in America today are probably not that much more venal than their grandparents were. Why not read the book and see.
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on July 1, 2013
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A great quick read about the real motivation behind war. Profit and propaganda are the fuel from which wartime still burns.
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on June 25, 2013
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Not a bad book. It will challenge your assumptions of the reasons we got to war. One should take care to remember the time General Butler wrote this book. Some people would say nothing other we have evolved pass that point. I will leave to the reader but it is worth buying.
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on June 23, 2013
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A good read. Nails the racket that is war. I give the message 5 stars. There are several typos that are distracting.
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on May 10, 2013
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Although General Butler wrote this between WWI and WWII, it rings eerily true today. A nice and short, easy, good read!
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on May 6, 2013
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This booklet was written many decades ago, but it is more relevant today than ever. Smedley Butler, commandant of the Marine Corps during the first part of the 20th century describes how he and the rest of the U.S. military was used as a stooge (his word) for U.S. corporate interests. From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force have been used to promote and protect American business interests; the safety and security of the general American population are no more than an afterthought and are usually used simply as cover story in the propaganda that the government feeds us. The real beneficiaries of a century and more of warfare promoted by the U.S. are the defense contractors and other businesses who make billions of dollars from the evil enterprise.

These aren't my words, these are the words of someone who spent his career as a soldier and rose to the highest ranks. The test is direct, concise, and includes General Butler's suggestions for how the people can take our country back and right her course, away from that of wastefulness of lives and treasure and the projector of violent force that has become her stamp on the world.

Read it and weep, and then get angry and tell the politicians that we won't spend another dime on the constant warfare that has become the business of America.
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on April 30, 2013
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Gen. Butler is a fearless and decent man to write this book. Written after WW I but is still relevant today. Tells us how little we have learned from history.
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on April 17, 2013
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As a Marine veteran and lover of history I thought this was an amazing book, wish more people would read it.
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