War Is a Racket: Original Edition

Narrated by: William Dougan
Length: 43 mins
Categories: Classics, Nonfiction
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War Is a Racket is Marine General Smedley Butler's classic treatise on why wars are conducted, who profits from them, and who pays the price. Few people are as qualified as General Butler to advance the argument encapsulated in his book's sensational title. When War Is a Racket was first published in 1935, Butler was the most decorated American soldier of his time. He had led several successful military operations in the Caribbean and in Central America, as well as in Europe during the First World War. Despite his success and his heroic status, however, Butler came away from these experiences with a deeply troubled view of both the purpose and the results of warfare.

©1935 Smedley D. Butler (P)2018 Dauphin Publications

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REQUIRED READING FOR AMERICA BEFORE RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Smedley Darlington Butler was a Major General in the United States Marine Corps. "Butler had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal (along with Wendell Neville and David Porter) and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions." He was no armchair general. This small tome is Butler's showing of the futility of continued American military meddling and going to war. The book written in 1935 shows how industrialists aka Defense Contractors do very well, profit wise, with every U.S. Military adventure. With facts and figures Butler shows how, since the McKinley Administration, Corporations with their Amen Corner U.S. Generals and Admirals instigate conflict for their own gain. It's detail is eye opening when it comes to war profiteering. The performance by William Dougan is excellent and the story is a lesson for all flag waving Americans.

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A quick and necessary read

Smedley Butler was the most decorated Marine of his time. His observations on the profitability and risk of war, the former in the hands of a select few and the latter spread amongst the citizenry and soldiers, are so insightful.

Why isn't everyone during wartime paid the same as a soldier risking his life in the trenches? Surely if the cause is just, no one should be making more than the soldier willing to die for us back home, the bankers and manufacturer's profit and risk nothing.

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A must read for Military members and Veterans..

The General foresaw the future of the US Military, and Big Corporations.. Nothing has changed..

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War is a Racket

I liked the History lesson and the views from a military background. I wanted more details of the general government big business conspiracy to rob The People using secrecy and propaganda so evident today. The beginnings of the Deep State and Shadow Government can be discerned
Listening to the narration. Really a useful book.

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Truth & Wisdom NOT Known by. most Americans

It is very revealing, needs to be told to ALL AMERICANS REPEATEDLY!! EASY READ YET Far from comforting!!! Tyranny & Corruption of the Government/Industrial/Banking/Military Complex preying on we the people#!!!

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Smash the racket

I have seen people returning from war, broken. We are all broken because of endless war. The addiction to power and money has gotten worse every day. Thanks to General Butler for his sevrvce and his true courage to speak out

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A must read for military members

if your a Marine and want to know why the things that happened to General Smedley happened. It's cause he took no crap and he told it like it was, and this shows it.

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Fantastic addition to audio library!

Consider that Smedley D. Butler wrote this short book in 1935 while listening to this selection. Sure seems like it is so relevant to current events.

I am so pleased to find this book available in audio format when it was only a week or so ago that I saw it mentioned in an older book I was reading. Thanks for the narration and audio publication.

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This book is all about the truth about war!

He tells it like it is and was! He should know since he was a soldier!

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  • 03-14-19

Hey Russian man

I think you look a lot like me
You think twice
About the things you read
But they tell you to
flash your swords and shake your guns
Or you may be
torn asunder in one hopeless blunder

Hey Asian man
I think you're a lot like me
You've got
Feelings and hopes and needs
But they tell you to
flash your swords and shake your guns
Or you may be
torn asunder in one hopeless blunder

Hey every man
I think you're a lot like me
You're all wrapped up
in your histories
So they tell you to
flash your swords and shake your guns
Or you may be
torn asunder in one hopeless blunder

Our Kings are sleeping in guarded rooms while
Our Prophets say the end is coming soon
Our Generals say who are we to question doom and
Architects are drawing up our tombs

Let's tell them:
We ain't gonna fight
No more
We ain't gonna fight
your wars

We ain't gonna fight
No more
We ain't gonna fight
your wars


We ain't gonna fight
No more
We ain't gonna fight
your wars

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  • 07-22-19

Brief

Interesting, depressingly to the point. It ended before I even realised it and I was a bit disappointed.