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Mein Kampf [Kindle Edition]

Adolf Hitler
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The angry ranting of an obscure, small-party politician, the first volume of Mein Kampf was virtually ignored when it was originally published in 1925. Likewise the second volume, which appeared in 1926. The book details Hitler's childhood, the "betrayal" of Germany in World War I, the desire for revenge against France, the need for lebensraum for the German people, and the means by which the National Socialist party can gain power. It also includes Hitler's racist agenda and his glorification of the "Aryan" race. The few outside the Nazi party who read it dismissed it as nonsense, not believing that anyone could or would carry out its radical, terrorist programs. As Hitler and the Nazis gained power, first party members and then the general public were pressured to buy the book. By the time Hitler became chancellor of the Third Reich in 1933, the book stood atop the German bestseller lists. Had the book been taken seriously when it was first published, perhaps the 20th century would have been very different.
Beyond the anger, hatred, bigotry, and self-aggrandizing, Mein Kampf is saddled with tortured prose, meandering narrative, and tangled metaphors (one person was described as "a thorn in the eyes of venal officials"). That said, it is an incredibly important book. It is foolish to think that the Holocaust could not happen again, especially if World War II and its horrors are forgotten. As an Amazon.com reader has pointed out, "If you want to learn about why the Holocaust happened, you can't avoid reading the words of the man who was most responsible for it happening." Mein Kampf, therefore, must be read as a reminder that evil can all too easily grow.

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Hitler's presentation of his political ideology.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mein kampf - illustrated 28 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Mein Kampf - The 1939 Illustrated Edition Being a collector of copies of MEIN KAMPF ... in any language, i eagerly awaited this new edition which i purchased on AMAZON i was not to be disappointed! the quality is superb and at this bargain price this example is a must have!
i was a little worried that the new introduction by bob carruthers was going to be an endless and unnecessary anti monologue with countless pages of needless facts some real and some imagined! ... as with the MANHEIM translation!!!
the JAMES MURPHY translation with introduction is the only authentic version of mein kampf that was authorized by the N.S.D.A.P.
if you are looking to purchase an original true translation of this work and cannot afford the 1939 editions which seem to be commanding high prices lately, .. your search is over .. buy this book ... you will not regret it!
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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edition 2 Nov 2010
By EarlR
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent edition of Mein Kampf.

If you are not familiar with the book then here is a quick history.
Originally it was published in German, in Germany. English speakers wanted to read it so an abridged version was translated by a man named Dougdale. That edition was shortened and not well received. A man named Murphy translated the Official Nazi Edition which is also available today, however it has some errors and is shorter than the original German. Then in the USA Manheim translated a new english version in 1943 I think. That version was poorly translated and also had many errors plus parts were missing and some parts were left untranslated. So you see that in the past there were no good choices for the English speaker who wanted to read Mein Kampf...until now.

This new edition is easier to read, it has historical notes in the text, and it is more accurate than the other translations. It is by the same company that produced "Mein Kampf: A translation controversy". Another great book that I recommend which lists errors in the older editions and it has a historical explanation of Mein Kampf which will help you understand it better. This book is based on that book which shows clearly that this book is well researched and more accurate than past translations.

Get this edition if you want to truly understand Hitler's words. If you want to struggle through poorly written copy, read censored versions, or confusing editions, then get Manheim or Murphy.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, poor publication 5 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
A good political read, very interesting to hear Hitler's rationale contemporaneously. Two things bother me about this book. The edition itself is not the best edited, a few spelling mistakes here and there, frequent enough to be noticable. Second,the back of the book, which sells Hitler as an "evil genius" or "monster". Mein Kampf has its own merits and logic. It is counter-productive to dismiss the book as worthless. Hitler was not a monster, he was a human, and reading this book helps you understand how people are able to act like monsters. Censorship of literature is a hallmark of fascist states, and I think its a shame that there is in some quarters consent that the content of the book is worthless, or that only a Hitler sympathiser would read it. It is as worthwhile as any book written by a political leader would be. Interesting to me was how Hitler provides commentary on his own assumptions. For example, before launching into a tirade against democracy he describes how he came to admire democracy, and how then he came to hate it. He is self-aware of his own motives. I was shocked to hear him admit to being "uncomfortable" with anti-Semitism, being rather liberal at first (he thought Jews were discriminated against for their faith, which he considered intolerant). Then he describes how he came to hate the Jews himself. This also belies the sometimes voiced defence that there was no anti-Semitism in Austria/Germany pre-Nazis. It is interesting to see in his more obviously political statements how he blames Jews for many problems, an obvious form of propaganda. Very obvious in fact, because he describes the power of propaganda in detail. I found this a fascinating read.

Recommended to anyone who has an interest in history, politics, and sociology.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS VERSION 7 Feb 2012
By Michael
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Reference the other review.I have both the original Murphy illustrated edition from 1939 and i have this modern version.They are both the same version.Just as Manheim version is published by many different companys,just as the stockpole version is copied,just as the german official mein kampf is copied.The only new translation is the Ford version.YES there are many different translations of mein kampf,yes there are translation errors.But as a Mein Kampf colector,it is up to the individual to asses which translation they prefer.For example the official NSDAP version i mention below is very poor in translation and english grammar,so thats not perfect either. ALL those versions are FREE on the internet,however,you get a modern book with identical words and pictures with this edition,so i dont understand the last reviewers problem as all old books get reprinted..Im sure many readers cant get or afford the Murphy illustrated edition 1939 -1942 edition,which sells around 200.So surely there is nothing wrong in purchasing a identical copy.

I agree it is NOT the official NSDAP english translation.The official translation was limited print and distributed to POW camps during the war.There has been Five turned up since WW2 and i am lucky to have the original book.Also that version has been reprinted word for word and is available free on the internet.The official NSDAP english translation was started by murphy,and completed by other translators and again isnt well translated with errors too.So the official NSDAP english translation has more errors than this murphy translation,however,if you want the official one buy that one,not this.

To be Honest all Mein Kampf versions are available free on the internet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading in history education
This is a historical document which should be read by anyone with an interest in the European history of 1900'edrs. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jacob la Cour
1.0 out of 5 stars Only buy this if you can read German fluently
It's all in German, there is no English translation!
Apart from that I haven't read this because of the language barrier
Published 3 days ago by James Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy if you're set in your ways.
This book is demonised as evil but it's really just a political manifesto and not some huge pamphlet of evil. Read more
Published 17 days ago by pvas
1.0 out of 5 stars The back cover ruins the book!!!
I opened the box and took out the book and found to my dismay that half of the back cover is taken up with an advertisement for another book called the "the lies of Hitler, the... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Aaron Bradley
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT NEW
I like all people know what new looks like, and the book sent to me today certainly was not. For example a new book does not have dent in the lower left and middle of the book,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Mein Kampf - Very enlightning
An interesting read,If you want to get inside the mind of Adolf then this is the book for you. It almost had me warming to him for the first 50 or so pages!!
Published 1 month ago by WAJ 969
3.0 out of 5 stars Controversial to say the least...
Ok I decided to read this book through a ever growing fascination of history and politic leaders throughout the ages. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Conzj
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm not convinced
All the time I was reading this the thing that bothered me most was the author's translation. As I don't have the German version to hand and wouldn't be able to read it if I did, I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paula Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars Deutschland uber allus ???
My Struggle . Well it is a struggle to finish reading this book by Adolf, I read this book many years ago in German and it was difficult to take it seriously but he tried to put... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Franz
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!!!!!!
Difficult to rate. Can't say it is a 'good read' but bought it for an insight into the man after reading Book Thief and found it fascinating, and it was worth the effort!
Published 2 months ago by Bettyblye51
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