War is a Racket

War is a Racket
Title War is a Racket PDF eBook
Author Smedley Butler
Publisher Jovian Press
Pages 23
Release 2018-01-19
Genre Political Science
ISBN 1537820796

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War Is a Racket is a speech and a 1935 short book, by Smedley D. Butler, a retired United States Marine Corps Major General and two-time Medal of Honor recipient. Based on his career military experience, Butler frankly discusses how business interests commercially benefit (including war profiteering) from warfare. He had been appointed commanding officer of the Gendarmerie during the United States occupation of Haiti, which lasted from 1915 to 1934.

War Is A Racket

War Is A Racket
Title War Is A Racket PDF eBook
Author Smedley D. Butler
Pages 42
Release 2018-05-07
ISBN 9781939438584

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"War is a Racket" is marine general, Smedley Butler's classic treatise on why wars are conducted, who profits from them, and who pays the price. Few people are as qualified as General Butler to advance the argument encapsulated in his book's sensational title. When "War is a Racket" was first published in 1935, Butler was the most decorated American soldier of his time. He had lead several successful military operations in the Caribbean and in Central America, as well as in Europe during the First World War. Despite his success and his heroic status, however, Butler came away from these experiences with a deeply troubled view of both the purpose and the results of warfare.

Maverick Marine

Maverick Marine
Title Maverick Marine PDF eBook
Author Hans Schmidt
Publisher University Press of Kentucky
Pages 320
Release 2014-04-23
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 0813146259

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Smedley Butler's life and career epitomize the contradictory nature of American military policy through the first part of this century. Butler won renown as a Marine battlefield hero, campaigning in most of America's foreign military expeditions from 1898 to the late 1920s. He became the leading national advocate for paramilitary police reform. Upon his retirement, however, he renounced war and imperialism and devoted his energy and prestige to various dissident and leftist political causes.

The Racket

The Racket
Title The Racket PDF eBook
Author Matt Kennard
Publisher Zed Books Ltd.
Pages 272
Release 2016-04-15
Genre Political Science
ISBN 1780329903

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'Kennard reports with devastating precision.' Naomi Klein While working at the Financial Times, investigative journalist Matt Kennard uncovered a scam - a deception and rip-off of immense proportions. From slanging matches with Henry Kissinger to afternoon coffees with the man who captured Che Guevara, Kennard’s unbridled access over four years to the crème de la crème of the global elite left him with only one conclusion: the world as we know it is run by a squad of cigar-smoking men with big guns, big cash and a reach much too close to home. But, through encounters with high-profile opponents of the racket, such as Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, Gael García Bernal and others, Kennard shows that human decency remains. Now it’s time for the world’s citizens to also uncover the racket.

The Protection Racket State

The Protection Racket State
Title The Protection Racket State PDF eBook
Author William Stanley
Publisher Temple University Press
Pages 341
Release 2010-06-17
Genre Political Science
ISBN 1439905495

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A chilling examination into why states kill.

Devil Dog

Devil Dog
Title Devil Dog PDF eBook
Author David Talbot
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Pages 162
Release 2010-10-05
Genre History
ISBN 1439117748

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Pulp History brings to life extraordinary feats of bravery, violence, and redemption that history has forgotten. These stories are so dramatic and thrilling they have to be true. In DEVIL DOG, the most decorated Marine in history fights for America across the globe—and returns home to set his country straight. Smedley Butler took a Chinese bullet to the chest at age eighteen, but that did not stop him from running down rebels in Nicaragua and Haiti, or from saving the lives of his men in France. But when he learned that America was trading the blood of Marines to make Wall Street fat cats even fatter, Butler went on a crusade. He threw the gangsters out of Philadelphia, faced down Herbert Hoover to help veterans, and blew the lid off a plot to overthrow FDR.

Irregular Army

Irregular Army
Title Irregular Army PDF eBook
Author Matt Kennard
Publisher Verso Books
Pages 273
Release 2012-09-17
Genre Political Science
ISBN 1844679055

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Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars—now the longest wars in American history—the US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded, as Matt Kennard’s explosive investigative report makes clear, by opening its doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists, gang members, criminals of all stripes, the overweight, and the mentally ill. Based on several years of reporting, Irregular Army includes extensive interviews with extremist veterans and leaders of far-right hate groups—who spoke openly of their eagerness to have their followers acquire military training for a coming domestic race war. As a report commissioned by the Department of Defense itself put it, “Effectively, the military has a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy pertaining to extremism.” Irregular Army connects some of the War on Terror’s worst crimes to this opening-up of the US military. With millions of veterans now back in the US and domestic extremism on the rise, Kennard’s book is a stark warning about potential dangers facing Americans—from their own soldiers.