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Mein Kampf (The Ford Translation) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19100 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LDLI0S
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With all the talk about Mein Kampf, the comedy knock off of it in Japan, and the interest in India, I had to see what was so interesting to all of these people. I am glad I did.

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.
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Don't believe the negative reviews... If you pass on this edition, you will truly miss out on a fantastic translation of Mein Kampf!

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.
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This is an excellent edition of Mein Kampf. I urge you to read the hardback and paperback reviews before deciding. I see some false comments in the reviews of this book which is unfortunate. It is an easy to read and more accurate edition than the Manheim or Murphy editions. Ford has documented this translation in a book called Mein Kampf A Translation Controversy and it clearly shows how much work went into this new translation. It also shows how much it is different from those and how many errors existed in those older versions. I must complement Mr Ford on this edition's quality.
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This is a new translation of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. I love history and when I saw this book I realized I had not read it and it is of such historical importance...how could I not read it. Since buying this edition I have learned more about the book's history and now realize I got lucky by picking this Ford translation. This edition has notes that are not in other versions which explain historical references and many things Hitler said which may not be clear to the modern reader. It also has a link to a book called Mein Kampf A Translation Controversy which documents how this book was written and researched. It shows many of the errors that existed in past books and what they should have said as well as showing which passages were omitted from past printings of Mein Kampf. This edition has restored all of the omitted parts and corrected all of the mistakes of past editions plus has all of the historical notes. I found it a fascinating read and a unique look into the mind of a dictator. It has some anti-semitism in it, that is to be expected, but it is not the bigoted work I thought it would be. It spends a lot of time on the troubles of Germany at the time and Hitler's theories. The notes in the text inserted in this edition also really helped connect me with the meaning in terms of history because many of Hitler's references were to events that are almost forgotten today.

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.
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