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Hitler's Table Talk: His Private Conversations, 1941-44 [Paperback]

Adolf Hitler , Martin Bormann , Hugh Trevor-Roper , Norman Camerone , N. Cameron , R.H. Stevens
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1 Feb 1988
From 1941-44 a record was kept of Hitler's informal conversational monologues that usually took place at the meal table. The transcripts of these speeches were prepared for publication by Martin Bormann who believed that they would prove an invaluable record of the philosophy that lay behind the German conquests. These speeches cover a wide range of subjects, from Christianity to Wagner, from marriage to Stalin. According to Hugh Trevor-Roper, these talks clearly show the workings of Adolf Hitler's mind in all its coarseness, triviality and crudity and indicate how an array of arbitrary facts were compounded to form the basis of a rigid but powerful philosophy. A slightly different selection of speeches was originally published as "Hitlers Tischengesprache".


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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (1 Feb 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192851802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192851802
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On Martin Bormann¿s instructions the secret conversations at Hitler¿s headquarters from July 1941-November 1944 were all recorded. This extraordinary document is the result. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The most intimate and revealing of all Hitler books
On Martin Bormann’s instructions the secret conversations at Hitler’s headquarters from July 1941-November 1944 were all recorded. This extraordinary document is the result.

In the relaxed atmosphere of his inner circle, Hitler talked freely about his aims, his early life and his plans for world conquest and a new German empire. The full text of Hitler’s Table Talk as annotated and preserved by Bormann, is presented here.

This book is the most significant record of Hitler’s mind and character in existence. Revealing, for instance his thoughts on the English language which he though inferior to German as it "lacks the ability to express thoughts that surpass the order of concrete things" to his hatred of idealism "he found it quite normal that the bodies of his political prisoners should be burnt and their ashes used by his SS guards to manure their gardens".

A compelling and frequently repellent read

Hugh Trevor-Roper provides an Introduction on "The Mind of Adolf Hitler" and a preface on developments since the book was first published in 1953. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitler'sTable Talk 4 April 2011
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This is a well known source of information and helpful for would-be scholars of the history of the Third Reich. The Trevor-Roper introduction is, itself, fairly well-known.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource 18 Aug 2003
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A valuable insight into Hitler's mind, the vast range of topics on which he expresses opinions, some banal, some brutal, some quite normal. Each opinion is presented as a monologue, and then a new topic is whimiscally selected, as the mood catches the after-dinner Fuhrer.
In content, largely consonant with the racist and violent message he is know for, "Hitler's Table Talk" is probably most useful for the proportion of time Hitler allocates to each of his many subjects, rather than for consistency of the opinions offered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mind your Ps and Qs 13 Feb 2002
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I think it was Norman Mailer who said that dictators are, almost without exception, plain and boring little men. From these transcriptions of Hitler's dinner conversations (if we are to believe that is actually what they are) we see the rule being proved yet again. If excitement is what you crave seek out a book on Oscar Wilde's dinner conversation, he used to talk for his supper. If you buy this book you are getting a definite guide on how to be a bad host.
As a curiosity it allows insight into the mind of one of histories most terrifyingly figures. But you are forced to wonder to what extent even this is a performance, after all he was hardly dining with ordinary people.
I would imagine that the table talk of most world leaders today would resemble that portrayed in the book. What is macabre though is the sense of decadence when these conversations are placed in the historical context of the then ensuing war and the murder of millions of civilians casually remarked upon (or not) or pronounced upon in a very detached manner. Hardly a fitting subject for the dinner table.
There have been many murderous dictators and regimes in the last hundred years, I would imagine that conversations like these were conducted around all of their respective dinner tables, combining belligerent justification with showing off. I expect dinner at the White House isn't too different.
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12 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wide ranging and often erudite 26 Jun 2004
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'Hitler's Table Talk', long unavailable (I have an old edition from about 1960) shows Adolf Hitler as a long way indeed from the staring-eyed "demonic" caricature. His education (self-made via wide reading) comes out as being quite comprehensive, although he obviously has interests which, although banal seeming today (e.g. the danger that car traffic poses to small children playing in the road), show a concern for people which propaganda a la Spielberg has attempted to expunge from what we call "history": if the disregard for truth of spielberg and his kind be doubted, look at "U-571" which was captured (in fact) by the British, but (in spielberg's film) by Americans.

Hitler's world was one shaped by a self-educated classicist taste (as distinct from the Germanism of Himmler, for example). The fact is that zionist interests and the self-justification of the duped British and others have conspired (figuratively or actually) to present a two-dimensional view of Hitler (shown as either the inhuman "tool of evil powers" or a kind of madman in the Freudian-Adlerian mould, prey to various dark urges and perversions used to discredit his mind and work).

Read this book and then compare to such as drunken Churchill and half-educated Stalin (or the absurdly narrow and obsessional Lenin), let alone the pygmies of the present scene (Tony Blair, George W. Bush et al) and we see quite easily which is the greater mind and the greater human being.
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13 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars uncivilised behaviour 13 Feb 2002
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I think it was Norman Mailer who said that dictators are, almost without exception, plain and boring little men. From these transcriptions of Hitler's dinner conversations (if we are to believe that is actually what they are) we see the rule being proved yet again. If excitement is what you crave seek out a book on Oscar Wilde's dinner conversation, he used to talk for his supper. If you buy this book you are getting a definite guide on how to be a bad host.
As a curiosity it allows insight into the mind of one of histories most terrifyingly figures. But you are forced to wonder to what extent even this is a performance, after all he was hardly dining with ordinary people.
I would imagine that the table talk of most world leaders today would resemble that portrayed in the book. What is macabre though is the sense of decadence when these conversations are placed in the historical context of the then ensuing war and the murder of millions of civilians casually remarked upon (or not) or pronounced upon in a very detached manner. Hardly a fitting subject for the dinner table.
There have been many murderous dictators and regimes in the last hundred years, I would imagine that conversations like these were conducted around all of their respective dinner tables, combining belligerent justification with showing off. I expect dinner at the White House isn't too different.
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