War Is a Racket

Read by John Greenman

(4.7 stars; 63 reviews)

Marine 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)


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! 9:41 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 5: To Hell With War! 6:45 Read by John Greenman


(5 stars)

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


(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.

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(5 stars)

It made me review to continue.

Great book. The Narrator is fantastic!

(5 stars)

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.

Good listen

(5 stars)

A vital read for anyone who is considering joining any armed service or wants to understand some of the workings of Governments. Note, please edit the description on this, for he was a Marine General not an Army General. There is a difference and many teeth have been knocked loose over that difference.

war is a racket was very interesting

(5 stars)