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War is a Racket by Smedley D. Butler
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This is an odd little book. The modern introduction is almost unreadable, though I appreciated the mention of another book I want to look at, 1000 Americans by George Seldes. Part of the book is an isolationist tract, whose arguments are weakened by the advent of the missile age, rendering the oceans no longer our protector, and by the Holocaust, I think. But the Amendment for Peace has merit, and Butler is dead on when he says that war is a racket--follow the money. Some people are getting rich off the carnage. War is a lucrative business now central to our economy and hard to back away from. And our addiction to it is a catastrophe. Most damning of all is the credibility of the author, a Marine Corps brigadier general and two-time Medal of Honor winner who stood up for the Bonus Marchers in Washington in 1932.
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Edward Your review is spot on.


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