War is a Racket was published in 1935 by Round Table Press, Inc., New York.
It was condensed in Reader's Digest as a book supplement, with
an introduction by Lowell Thomas, who praised Butler's "...moral as
well as physical courage... "
Hans Schmidt, in his 1987 biography of
Butler, Maverick Marine: General Smedley D. Butler and the Contradictions
of American Military History, offers the following assessment: "Much of
War is a Racket was stock antiwar, anti-imperialist idiom,
part of an American tradition dating back to the eighteenth century.
Butler's particular contribution was his recantation, denouncing war on moral grounds after having been a warrior hero and spending
most of his life as a military insider. The theme remained vigorously patriotic
and nationalistic, decrying imperialism as a disgrace rooted in the greed
of a privleged few."
Like everything else on the Scuttlebutt & Small Chow site,
General Butler's tract is presented here in the interest of its historical significance,
not as an espousal of a particular view.