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War Is a Racket | [Smedley D. Butler]

War Is a Racket

A report on how the greed of a privileged few, subsidized by public funding, creates substantial profits for themselves from mass human suffering.This was a speech given by General Butler during a nationwide tour in the early 1930's, but it applies even more today! Listen as he frankly discusses, from his experience as a career military officer, how business interests commercially benefit from warfare. He then suggests several practical solutions for reducing the pillage.
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A report on how the greed of a privileged few, subsidized by public funding, creates substantial profits for themselves from mass human suffering.This was a speech given by General Butler during a nationwide tour in the early 1930's, but it applies even more today! Listen as he frankly discusses, from his experience as a career military officer, how business interests commercially benefit from warfare. He then suggests several practical solutions for reducing the pillage.

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    D. K. Parshall Asia 06-25-12
    D. K. Parshall Asia 06-25-12 Member Since 2011

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    "He Got It Right"
    What did you love best about War Is a Racket?

    General Butler pulls no punches and tells it like it is. He has guts to tell those in the government and industry what he really thinks about war and how people profit by it. Eisenhower also warned us of the military industrial partnership and so Gen. Butler's book is condemnation of this relationship. God help us.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 06-17-11
    Peter 06-17-11
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    "Sadly some things don't change."

    Short but enlightening book. Don't judge all Marines by Oliver North! Please note that the reality of war is not like a John Wayne movie, TV show or video game.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Bel Air, MD, United States 10-08-13
    James Bel Air, MD, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2011

    Self made, independent deep thinker, who never follows blindly just because you told me to! Man for others...

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    "Understanding Financial Gains of War"
    Where does War Is a Racket rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a great short listen to the understanding of just HOW much profit is made during a war time. Understanding just some of the great waste our government has in spending our TAX dollars.

    Loved listening to the words of a TWO time Congressional Medal of Honor winner describe the short and sweet elimination of the industrial war machine and its deep rooted ties to greed and profit on the blood of soldiers who are burdened with the greatest expense of all. While corporate owners collect huge fortunes.

    Every American should take the time to listen for an hour.

    Jim


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Ending the profits in war and controlling who votes during a war will change the way America fights to protect its soil and not the Corporate interests abroad.


    What about Jack Eddelman’s performance did you like?


    If you could give War Is a Racket a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Understanding the Profits behind the war.


    Any additional comments?

    The shortest hour I have ever taken to learn what is really going on with my government and what it considers as business.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 02-16-13
    Brian 02-16-13
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    "An important message from an American patriot"

    This is a short, easy and enjoyable listen. The profit motive of war is pretty well covered in this work although much more could have been written to support his points. This book will appeal more to those curious about the United States' war profit history and WWI history. At the very least it is a starting point for understanding the economic beneficiaries, whether accidental or contrived, that resulted from the United States entering WWI.

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    Paul Friedman Los Angeles, CA USA 04-16-12
    Paul Friedman Los Angeles, CA USA 04-16-12

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    "Just another anti-war rant"
    What did you like best about War Is a Racket? What did you like least?

    It's a wonderful sentiment but we've heard it before. It's interesting that precisely nothing has changed since the book was written after World War I.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More specifics from the author's career.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 11-18-12
    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    This was a waste of time and money. I would not recommend it to anyone.

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