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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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    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.


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    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.

    2 of 2 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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benito Lascano 03-30-15

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    "My audiobooks app"

    I am pleased by the whole thing, the ability to enjoy books where ever I happen to be is special to me. I can only profit and benefits from an unabridged book read by excellent readers who make a book accessible to all through audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 03-22-15
    James 03-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    Loved this book! What a foreshadowing of issues today, sad to see its been happening forever sad sad sad sad

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    mary jane 03-17-15
    mary jane 03-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Outdated but"

    Still can be comparable to, today's war for profits. I enjoyed this book, short and sweet and to the point.

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    frank 03-14-15
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    "forgotten knowledge"

    short sweet simple I love books like this that are full of the most powerful knowledge this is something George bush should of read before he had thousands of people killed on both sides

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    L. C. Pinkerton West Des Moines, IA United States 02-28-15
    L. C. Pinkerton West Des Moines, IA United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2015

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    "We all need to hear it"

    As a Marine, I was taught a different side of General Butler. This book points out what we all know in our hearts to be true, but lack the courage, ability, and/or knowledge to truly fix the problem. We learned after the fact the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were for oil, not for what the propaganda told us. Until we are truly honest with ourselves we will continuously be ignorant of why war is really fought. We have to keep filling the pockets of the 1% of course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. B. Fishpaw Little Creek, SC USA 02-19-15
    M. B. Fishpaw Little Creek, SC USA 02-19-15 Member Since 2013

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    "True! A MUST READ!"

    All people in sixth grade on up NEEDS to read this book! Smedley Butler KNEW that war IS a racket!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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