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  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (4 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468014269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468014266
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 522,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Career Includes internationally acclaimed film Hilter: A Career Directed by Joachim C. Fest and Christian Herrendoerfer. Joachim C. Fest s film, made in 1977, documents the Hitler period and attempts to give a rational and concrete account of that epoch. It also provides a basis for judgment. The film cannot change German history, it does not glorify it either. It does however illuminate it, especially for those who can no longer imagine what it was like. None of the scenes in this film were reconstructed. They are without exception taken from authentic film and sound materials, original evidence from the Nazi period. This is also the case with the unusual and largely unknown sequences in colour. The film was compiled from more than 300,000 feet of film material, including many incomplete or unreleased scenes from German and foreign archives. Many unusual sequences come from private collections as well. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By sweetspiritofdixie on 28 Mar 2012
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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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105 of 113 people found the following review helpful By EarlR on 2 Nov 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 May 2014
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My German is not good enough to be able to determine which of the several translations of Hitler's mein Kampf is the best and in fact there is q wide debate about which is the most readable or true to the original.

Mein Kampf will never be an easy read as it was very much of its time and to get the best from a reasonable grounding in German and Austrian history is necessary. Also the German language is structured very differently to English and a word for word translation or anything like it would render the result clumsy and unintelligible. This means that the translator has to work hard to find ways of maintaining the sense of the text but without changing the form or structure any more than necessary. This version distributed in Prisoner of War camps in, I believe, an edited and improved version of the pre war Murphy translation. (Murphy himself fell out with the NAZI regime and left Germany before his translation was fully complete or edited.)

This version presented here is reasonably easy to read, is well printed and nicely presented.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacob la Cour on 17 April 2014
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This is a historical document which should be read by anyone with an interest in the European history of 1900'edrs. It is fascinating to learn how detailed Hitler had planed his policies and future actions at such an early stage, how he developed the views he had, and how he spread them so quickly. Some passages are a bit heavy to get through, but in others he expresses views about the mentality of the masses, the workings of propaganda, and even on how history education should take place, which apply perfectly well today, almost 100 years later.
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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Mahoney on 5 Feb 2011
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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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