War Is a Racket


Read by John Greenman

(4.6 stars; 37 reviews)

Army Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler's expose of American Corporate Imperialism. Butler said, “I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I suspected I was just part of the racket all the time. Now I am sure of it.” - Summary by John Greenman and https://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/portraits/major-general-smedley-butler (1 hr 0 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1: War Is A Racket 12:39 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 2: Who Makes The Profits? 18:12 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 3: Who Pays The Bills? 13:03 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 4: How To Smash This Racket! 9:40 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 5: To Hell With War! 6:45 Read by John Greenman

Reviews

As appropriate today as it was back then


(4.5 stars)

Excellent commentary on the real casualties of war and as applicable today as it was years ago when first written. Especially enjoyed the proposed solutions to the problems of war—such as letting only those who will fight in wars vote on authorizing them rather than a corrupt congress of unfit elderly with self-interests. Narrator seemed to ham it up a bit to sound more soldier/general-like for my ear. Actually preferred for my taste his natural voice he used in transitions more to his book voice. Yet overall splendid job on a little-known splendid work.

Heartbreaking


(5 stars)

A sad prognosis of things to come before the WW2. This guy knew and noone gave damn. Money won. The reading was very good and intense.


(5 stars)

Wow. Very enlightening! War is a big and immoral business. This is a must-read.

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(5 stars)

It made me review to continue.

Great book. The Narrator is fantastic!


(5 stars)