War Is A Racket Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I'd recommend anyone interested in the content of this book to search Youtube for a recent documentary - Iraq For Sale. It features interviews with US troops on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq, with contractors and with former employees of Halliburton.
After reading it friends and family have read it and praised it too. A very easy way to spread some ideas because of it's "friendly" size.
The "book" is based upon a speech which was then built upon to make an article for Readers Digest.
Do not let anything put you off this masterpiece about war. It is however short (around 20 pages but fairly compact text so a lot of words) and it is very poorly edited. It appears like the original was scanned with word recognition software and then was never edited. Because many times words are joined together! Quite shocking level of professionalism considering amazon print this little book themself and it would hardly take much time for an editor or below average reader to circle these obvious mistakes. I paid £2.99 with free post from amazon and this was a fair price, I am shocked to see higher prices for other prints of this considering the compact size.
When you read it, its like things have not changed, except we now look more modern, but basically we have not changed a bit in that regard.
If it was unto me every child will have to read this and then write a extensive paper on it so the words are locked in the brain, i think it would change the world dramatically.
This is going onto my " important" book shelf.
For anybody who loves history and politics this is a must have.
One has only to look at the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to see that Vice President Cheney had been previously heavily associated with Halliburton, a US company that was awarded major contracts for the redevelopment of Iraq in the aftermath of the war to see that what was true then is just as true today. We need more Smedley D. Butlers.
The book is quite short and easily readable in half and hour.
In this opus he sits back and ponders on the meaning of it all. The medals were really buttons that were handed out to young men in exchange for their lives. In this book he explicitly states it is better to be alive.
Then he tots up the costs - who made the money from WW1 and all the other adventures. It was not the troops but the men who stayed behind - people like Sheldon Bush who garnered the contracts for the Remington and all the other profiteers. Suddenly the world becomes clear when you read his tome. No longer conspiracy, he just speaks the truth as he sees it.
The author is a man who was asked to lead the coup against Roosevelt by the big beasts - Du Pont, Ford, Morgan etc and eventually blew the whistle. Guess what nothing happened.
In fact Roosevelt's hands were so tied he could not even stop Ford and Du Pont for building machinery for the Nazis right up until 1944 and everything afterwards was hushed.
So if you want a piece of the truth from someone who oversaw its manufacture and got tired of the pretence then this book is for you.
a LOT of information is missing from this version of the book. and it is very poorly edited together.
The matter is still relevant today (Sept-2014), since one contributory explanation of the USA-Government's continuous-&-continuing wars-&-aggressions is the need by their massive military-system to justify its squanderous expense - all those admirals & generals & their suppliers require a visible reason for their salaries & pensions & contract-payments, and war ('involvements', in modern militalk) can so-serve ... even 'cold' war (eg. propaganda-based aggression against Russia, all that 'oooh, that Russia !' stuff that's currently erupting like an Icelandic volcano) helps the port-decanter of public funding to move in the 'right' direction.
One star dropped because, although Butler makes his case well (that there actually *is* a racket), he doesn't delve deeply into its mechanics - he gives the impression to me that he thinks it's all down to just opportunist profiteering by Big Business. To me, this overlooks much else - the politicos (Presidents wanting to Winstonise themselves as The Great War-Leader &/or as an election tactic), rancid 'other-people' hatred by the population, the military's pork-barrel budget-grazing, the population's acceptance (even craving) for aggression to define what they are by how they fight, & so-on ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent short booklet that exposes the main reasons behind war mongering. Butler not only criticises the business of war but offers solutions to stop it. Read morePublished 29 days ago by richard the little.
Good read. Parallels with today are obvious. This could easily be transposed to today's state of affairs (but with far greater sums of money than is mentioned here).Published 1 month ago by Richard Heard
Great book and a must read for everyone to see who really makes wars and more importantly who gains most from the death of the young service personnelPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Retired general of US Marines exposes the murky links between profiteering corporations, the military, politicians and war. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt Beeson
Words so true that are still so true - war was and still is a racket...it's all really rather depressing reallyPublished 4 months ago by Wendy
Very simple and straight to the point description from an insider. A bit naive maybe but then there was no internet back then an Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Otávio Kreling Zabaleta
A shocking and searing indictment of the high level corruption and profiteering the author sees as the driving force in the first and second world wars. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Frank 9
Is first few sums the book up, why are there so many wars and no peace there is money in wars for the bankers the Cost your son and daughter life
I have just watched a... Read more