US Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler collected an award cabinet full of medals for his battlefield bravery. But perhaps his bravest act of all was to declare, after his retirement in the early 1930s, who was really winning (and losing) during the bloody clashes.
It was business interests, he revealed, who commercially benefited from warfare. War Is a Racket is the title of the influential speech Butler delivered on a tour across the United States, as well the expanded version of the talk that was later published in 1935and is now reprinted here. This seminal piece of writing rings as true today as it did during Butler’s lifetime.
In his introduction, Jesse Ventura reviews Butler’s original writings and relates them to our current political climateexplaining how right he was, and how wrong our current system is. With an insightful new foreword by Salon.com founder David Talbot, and a new afterword by activist Cindy Sheehan, this portable reference will appeal to anyone interested in the state of our country and the entire world.
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About the Author
Smedley Darlington Butler was a major general in the US Marine Corps and at the time of his death was the most decorated marine in US history. He was the only person ever to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor.
Jesse Ventura is a former Independent governor of Minnesota, US Navy SEAL, professional wrestler, movie actor, New York Times bestselling author, and visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
David Talbot is the founder of Salon.com and author of history books Devil Dog (on Smedley Butler), Brothers, Season of the Witch, and The Devil’s Chessboard. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Table of Contents
Editor's Note ix
Introduction Jesse Ventura 1
War Is a Racket 13
Memorial Day Speech (1931) 43
Memorial Day Speech (1933) 47
Discovering America (1939) 53
The War in Europe (Undated) 65
Avoiding the War in the Pacific by Attending to our own Business (1939) 73
Concerning Law Enforcement (Undated) 77
Veterans' Rights (Undated) 89
Address from October 11, 1939 97
My Service with the Marines (Undated) 105
Dictatorship? (Undated) 129
The Peace Racket (Undated) 139
Let's Quit Kidding Ourselves (Undated) 149
America's Veteran Problem (1936) 159
Government Aid for Veterans (Undated) 171
The Chip on Uncle Sam's Shoulder (as told to Barney Yanofsky) (Undated) 179
War Is a Racket (Draft) 189
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