The famous works from a military hero, now updated by Jesse Ventura!
War Is a Racket is the title of two works, a speech and a booklet, by retired US Marine Corps Major General and two-time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley Darlington Butler. In these works, Butler frankly discusses from his experience as a career military officer how business interests commercially benefit from warfare. After his retirement from the Marine Corps, Gen. Butler made a nationwide tour in the early 1930s giving his speech, “War Is a Racket.” The speech was so well received that he wrote a longer version that was published in 1935, now republished with a foreword by former governor of Minnesota and New York Times bestselling author Jesse Ventura.
Jesse Ventura reviews Major General Butler’s original writings and brings them up to date, relating them to our current political climate. Butler was a visionary in his day, and Ventura works to show how right he was and how wrong our current democracy is. Read for the first time Butler’s words with Ventura’s witty, yet insightful spin on this relevant work that will appeal not only to military historians, but also to those interested in the state of our country and the entire world.
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About the Author
Smedley Darlington Butler, nicknamed “The Fighting Quaker” and “Old Gimlet Eye,” was a major general in the US Marine Corps and at the time of his death was the most decorated marine in US history. By the end of his career he had received sixteen medals, five of which were for heroism. He is one of nineteen people to be twice awarded the Medal of Honor, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only person to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.
Jesse Ventura is the former governor of Minnesota and author of four national bestsellers, including 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read and American Conspiracies. Ventura is the host of the television show Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura on truTV.
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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