General Smedley Butler was a decorated veteran. He understood the concept of war and did a remarkable job capturing it’s horrors and atrocities. This is a very short and concise book about how horrible war is, who profits and gains from it, and what should be done to prevent unnecessary wars in the future. I realIy appreciate how honest and genuine General Butler is in explaining how much suffering war causes not just to the soldiers who have to do the bidding of the war profiteers, but also how it impacts the nation as a whole.
He also offers three unique solutions:
1) We must take the profit out of war.
2) We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war (an excellent idea that I didn’t think of before).
3) We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes.
I highly recommend this book. You can literally read it in 30-40 minutes. I thank General Butler for his service, honesty, and courage. May his words and warnings live forever.