War is a Racket, wrote Smedley Butler aka "The Fighting Quaker"...

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Smedley Darlington Butler was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. In 1935, Butler wrote a book entitled War Is a Racket, where he described and criticized the workings of the United States in its foreign actions and wars, such as those he was a part of, including the American corporations and other imperialist motivations behind them. After retiring from service, he became a popular activist, speaking at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists, and church groups in the 1930s.

"I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism...I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.” --Smedley Butler

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Thanks for sharing this. I had not heard of his book before now. It is available at archive.org.

https://archive.org/stream/WarIsARacket/WarIsARacket_djvu.txt
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