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General Smedley Darlington Butler
     

General Smedley Darlington Butler

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by Smedley Butler
 

ISBN-10: 0275941418

ISBN-13: 9780275941413

Pub. Date: 06/30/1992

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Major General Smedley Darlington Butler was a maverick Marine, the emblem of the old corps, and one of the most controversial figures in Marine history. He was a high school dropout who became a major general; a Quaker and a devout family man who was one of the toughest of the Marines; an aristocrat who championed the common man; a leader who thought of himself as

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Major General Smedley Darlington Butler was a maverick Marine, the emblem of the old corps, and one of the most controversial figures in Marine history. He was a high school dropout who became a major general; a Quaker and a devout family man who was one of the toughest of the Marines; an aristocrat who championed the common man; a leader who thought of himself as striving to help the oppressed of the countries he occupied as the commander of an imperial fighting force. This work is an annotated edition of his letters covering the period from Butler's commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps to his retirement as a Major General.

This is the first time the majority of these letters have been made public, and the book offers the reader a first-hand look at the motivations and attitudes of the American military as it implemented U.S. foreign policy at the turn of the century. There is extensive coverage of U.S. interventions in Nicaragua, Haiti, and China from a man on the scene, offering an immediate perspective to those events. General Butler won two Congressional Medals of Honor, as well as numerous other U.S. and foreign medals, including two Umbrellas of Ten Thousand Blessings from two Chinese cities—honors never before given to a non-Chinese. Military and diplomatic historians, as well as Marine and Navy enthusiasts, will find this superbly edited and annotated collection of interest and value.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275941413
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/1992
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
756,275
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Methods

Introduction

Joining Up

"The Happiest Man Alive"

Cruising the Caribbean

"Miss Ethel"

Sightseeing in Nicaragua

Working for Brown Brothers and Uncle Sam

Watchful Waiting

Chief of Police of Haiti

"Over There"

Quantico

Fighting Demon Rum

Diplomat in China

Not Quite Fading Away

Selected Bibliography

Index

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General Smedley Darlington Butler 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to hear an 'Old Corps' Marine talk, this is the book for you. The author's included letters from his entire career--and it was one amazing career! The Boxer Rebellion, Philippines, Nicaragua, Panama, Vera Cruz, Haiti, Police Commissioner of Philadelphia, World War I, China in the '20s, and that's just the big stuff. You get his candid thoughts on people and events, and some surprises too. If you're interested in Butler or the Marine Corps this is a great place to start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're interested in Smedley Butler, check out the shocking story of how he uncovered the radical plot to overthrow FDR. It's an almost forgotten historical even but you can read about it in Jules Archer's The Plot to Seize the Whitehouse.