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- Language: English
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Mein Kampf (The Ford Translation) Kindle Edition
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I am pretty anal about everything and I don't buy a book without doing my homework. I did a lot of checking and found out there were several translations or versions of Mein Kampf. I even went to my local library and checked out a copy. The only one they had was Manheim's translation. I immediately saw why everyone kept saying it was boring and hard to read, because it was. From my research it sounded like this translation, the Ford translation, was the best and it turns out it was. It was easy to understand and the inserted notes really helped me follow what was being discussed.
Also get the publisher's other book Mein Kampf A Translation Controversy. It has more information on the book(I would suggest getting it used which is cheaper because the last half is just analysis of old translations). It will really change how you see WWI WWII and world events today.
I have read the 1943 Manheim translation, the 1939 Murphy translation, the 1939 Reynal & Hitchcock translation and the 2009 Ford translation. All have their own particular merits, and all appeal to certain audiences. The Manheim appeals to the scholarly and is indeed a faithful, word-for-word translation of Mein Kampf. However, it is incomplete. Further, following it in places can be very confusing in the English language, and many people I know have simply put it down in frustration. It's obviously a scholar's edition, as the German-language footnotes attest.
The Reynal & Hitchcock edition is a better flowing edition than the Manheim, in my opinion, but has been out of print since 1943, when the Manheim was published by Houghton-Mifflin. Why? Because Houghton-Mifflin did not want to pay royalties to Reynal & Hitchcock for their translation, so Ralph Manheim was commissioned for a new translation, which is, in fact, clumsier than the original.
The Murphy edition is far shorter, a fairly easy read for those who speak/read British English and have a decent vocabulary. However, it is paraphrased - as Murphy read a paragraph and put it into his own words. Not Hitler's words, but in most places, true to the meaning. But in some places, he misses the point (as Ford's book about the MEIN KAMPF translation controversy points out). So if you want Hitler, you won't get it from Murphy...
Onto Ford's translation... The thing I like about this translation is that it strikes me as a true PEOPLE's EDITION of Mein Kampf. It is COMPLETE and TRUE to the original, but being a PEOPLE'S EDITION does NOT mean that it is dumbed-down.Read more ›
If you have any doubts about the quality of this book, read the Mein Kampf A Translation Controversy book first, it is free from the publisher and also available here on amazon. It really establishes the credibility of this edition and shows how much work went into this edition which I found flooring.Read more ›
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Like this guy he was a totally not a nice guy. He like tricked all these chosen god's people into camps where they had to work for free. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Action Reaction
Hard going but worth sticking with ,I wanted to get into his psyche to understand why he committed such a terrible crime to mankindPublished on 30 Nov. 2013 by David redgate