War Is a Racket

  • by Smedley D. Butler
  • Narrated by Jack Eddelman
  • 1 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A report on how the greed of a privileged few, subsidized by public funding, creates substantial profits for themselves from mass human suffering.This was a speech given by General Butler during a nationwide tour in the early 1930's, but it applies even more today! Listen as he frankly discusses, from his experience as a career military officer, how business interests commercially benefit from warfare. He then suggests several practical solutions for reducing the pillage.


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He Got It Right

What did you love best about War Is a Racket?

General Butler pulls no punches and tells it like it is. He has guts to tell those in the government and industry what he really thinks about war and how people profit by it. Eisenhower also warned us of the military industrial partnership and so Gen. Butler's book is condemnation of this relationship. God help us.

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- D. K. Parshall "expat"

Understanding Financial Gains of War

Where does War Is a Racket rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a great short listen to the understanding of just HOW much profit is made during a war time. Understanding just some of the great waste our government has in spending our TAX dollars.

Loved listening to the words of a TWO time Congressional Medal of Honor winner describe the short and sweet elimination of the industrial war machine and its deep rooted ties to greed and profit on the blood of soldiers who are burdened with the greatest expense of all. While corporate owners collect huge fortunes.

Every American should take the time to listen for an hour.


What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Ending the profits in war and controlling who votes during a war will change the way America fights to protect its soil and not the Corporate interests abroad.

What about Jack Eddelman’s performance did you like?

If you could give War Is a Racket a new subtitle, what would it be?

Understanding the Profits behind the war.

Any additional comments?

The shortest hour I have ever taken to learn what is really going on with my government and what it considers as business.

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- James "Self made, independent deep thinker, who never follows blindly just because you told me to! Man for others..."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-18-2010
  • Publisher: CoolBeat Audiobook Publishing