A true classic! This is one of the best pieces of anti-war literature ever written. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler holds no punches in this indictment against the war profiteering racket and the unnecessary loss of life that is the end result of abhorrent industry.
"WAR is a racket. It always has been.
"It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives."
Thus begins one of the most important works of the last century that most people have never heard of. It isn't required reading in school, although it should be. It won't be brought up on your favorite evening sitcom, and politicians know that to quote from Major General Smedley Butler's masterwork would herald the end of their political career.
The Forlorn Press Edition of "War Is A Racket" is illustrated with vintage photos of the true cost of war as well as appropriate quotations from important world leaders and historical figures to drive home Maj. Gen Butler's message. Mark Twain's short story, "The War Prayer," and "Why Men Fight" by Bertrand Russell are also included in this collection.