This week’s tale is part two of a two parter. Part one can be found here
Smedley Butler was, in his own time, the most decorated soldier in American History. A participant in 120 battles and armed conflicts spanning eleven wars, he served his nation with distinction, but increasingly felt his role was that of “A high class muscle-man for Big Business… a racketeer, a gangster for Capitalism”
What would happen when, July 1st 1933, Big Business would come knocking at his door with an offer to serve them one final time?
Sources this week - Full list coming (will fill in as time permits, sorry). My main texts however were
In a rare case of Amazon letting me down, I couldn’t get a Kindle or Audible copy of Jonathan Katz’s Gangsters of Capitalism in my region (NZ/Australia) but his influence is all over a load of secondary sources, and well worth checking out.
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