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Maverick Marine : General Smedley D. Butler and the Contradictions of American Military History.

By: Schmidt, Hans.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, 2014Description: 1 online resource (320 p.).ISBN: 9780813146256 (electronic bk.); 0813146259 (electronic bk.); 9780813146263 (electronic bk.); 0813146267 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Butler, Smedley D. (Smedley Darlington), 1881-1940 | United States. Marine Corps -- Biography | Generals -- United States -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Maverick Marine : General Smedley D. Butler and the Contradictions of American Military HistoryDDC classification: 359.9/6/0924 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Maverick Marine; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; 2 The Boy Officer: Cuba, the Philippines; 3 The Teenage Hero: China; 4 Knight Errant: Honduras, Panama, the Philippines; 5 The American Kitchener: Nicaragua; 6 The Spy: Panama, Mexico; 7 The Haitian General; 8 General Duckboard: France; 9 The Barnett Putsch: Marine Corps Politics; 10 Pep and Pride: Quantico; 11 Smashing Crime and Vice: Philadelphia; 12 Devil Dog and Demon Rum: San Diego; 13 The Marines Who Wouldn't Fight: China; 14 To Hell with the Admirals: Washington; Illustrations
15 Renegade Marine: America in the 1930s16 Epilogue; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index
Summary: Smedley Butler's life and career epitomize the contradictory nature of American military policy through the first part of this century. Butler won renown as a Marine battlefield hero, campaigning in most of America's foreign military expeditions from 1898 to the late 1920s. He became the leading national advocate for paramilitary police reform. Upon his retirement, however, he renounced war and imperialism and devoted his energy and prestige to various dissident and leftist political causes.
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Maverick Marine; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; 2 The Boy Officer: Cuba, the Philippines; 3 The Teenage Hero: China; 4 Knight Errant: Honduras, Panama, the Philippines; 5 The American Kitchener: Nicaragua; 6 The Spy: Panama, Mexico; 7 The Haitian General; 8 General Duckboard: France; 9 The Barnett Putsch: Marine Corps Politics; 10 Pep and Pride: Quantico; 11 Smashing Crime and Vice: Philadelphia; 12 Devil Dog and Demon Rum: San Diego; 13 The Marines Who Wouldn't Fight: China; 14 To Hell with the Admirals: Washington; Illustrations

15 Renegade Marine: America in the 1930s16 Epilogue; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index

Smedley Butler's life and career epitomize the contradictory nature of American military policy through the first part of this century. Butler won renown as a Marine battlefield hero, campaigning in most of America's foreign military expeditions from 1898 to the late 1920s. He became the leading national advocate for paramilitary police reform. Upon his retirement, however, he renounced war and imperialism and devoted his energy and prestige to various dissident and leftist political causes.

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Imagine a legendary hero of the US Marine Corps, a tough law-and-order person, summing up his Marine Corps career thus: ``In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.'' Smedley D. Butler won two Medals of Honor serving in US military expeditions as America moved out into the world in the late 19th century. Schmidt's richly researched, judicious, and important account is based upon extensive private and public records. Butler was in some ways an anachronism resisting the professionalization of the military. He was also a pioneer and a prophet. Conscious of the contest for public opinion, he denounced rigged elections in Central America and, in effect, was forced to retire. Sickened by what he believed to be the economic imperialist reality of US foreign policy, he became a leader against war, for veterans, and for left-wing policies. Nearly 50 years after his death, his caution about the long-term effects of US interventionism still seems relevant. This book is good biography and good history. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-J.P. Hobbs, North Carolina State University

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