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
Jesse Ventura is the former independent governor of Minnesota. He is also a former US Navy frogman, a professional wrestler, a movie actor, a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including American Conspiracies, 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, and Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me! He was the host and executive producer of truTV’s Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, which won the Stony Award from High Times magazine in 2010. He was also the host of the political talk show Off The Grid, which aired on RT America and online at Ora.tv. He has a reputation as a rebel and a freethinker, and he has no qualms about questioning authority. He spends half the year in Baja, Mexico and the other half in his home state of Minnesota.
David Talbot is the New York Times bestselling author of Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years and The Devil’s Chessboard. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon and has written for the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Time. He lives in San Francisco.
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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