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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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • James
  • Bel Air, MD, United States
  • 10-08-13

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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>Every American should take the time to listen for an hour.<br/><br/>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.

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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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An absolute MUST read

Should be COMPULSORY reading for high school students.
The cold hard facts around who profits from war

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Great Book

Would you consider the audio edition of War Is a Racket to be better than the print version?

A book with timeless lessons on the acquisition of supplies in the military. Very well researched and a must read for logistically minded people.

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  • Iro
  • San Antonio, TX
  • 12-15-15

great insight coming right from the man

great read! from the perspective of a veteran and a leader non the less! great!

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A must read for everyone

Smedley Butler, hero among Marines, breaks down why war is a front for corporations and expansion no matter how patriotic the propaganda for it is. Despite being written before WWII, this is still perfectly true and applicable today. This should be a must read for all Americans, and really all people everywhere.

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Excellent Foreshadowing of Current War Pursuits

General Smedley Butler was on point with this entire book 80 years after it was written it could not hit closer to home.

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  • Mohammed
  • 07-19-16

Applicable to our time. Simply amazing!

This book should be mandatory in every school. Everyone has to understand how war works and who makes the money.

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  • Buster
  • 04-19-16

New perspective

I was already aware of certain quotes by General Smedley Butler but it's even more enlightening to hear his full treatise.