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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mein kampf - illustrated
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book of propaganda, not Hitler's innermost thoughts
'Mein Kampf' or 'My Struggle', which would be the correct title in English, was dictated (not written) by Hitler while imprisoned in Landsberg prison to someone who compiled it as a book on his behalf, hence the lengthy, complex sentences and tedious, rhetorical style of the whole book. It's less a description of Hitler's beliefs than an inspirational piece of...
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mein kampf - illustrated, 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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95 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edition, 2 Nov 2010
This review is from: Mein Kampf (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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76 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, poor publication, 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading in history education, 17 April 2014
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Jacob la Cour (Hellerup, Denmark) - See all my reviews
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book of propaganda, not Hitler's innermost thoughts, 29 Jun 2014
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Marcus Laver (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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'Mein Kampf' or 'My Struggle', which would be the correct title in English, was dictated (not written) by Hitler while imprisoned in Landsberg prison to someone who compiled it as a book on his behalf, hence the lengthy, complex sentences and tedious, rhetorical style of the whole book. It's less a description of Hitler's beliefs than an inspirational piece of propaganda, designed to rally his supporters and outline a rough vision of his political aims to his followers. He emphasizes many of the grievances felt by most Germans after the Treaty of Versailles and states the need to forge an alliance with Mussolini, even if that means sacrificing the German speaking South Tyrol. He also outlines his aims for Lebensraum (living space) in the East and the inevitability of a clash with the Bolshevik USSR. Then, of course, is the usual ranting against the Jews and their perceived economic dominance in Germany and globally. Given that this book was exclusively written for an audience of loyal followers there is little that is surprising, other than perhaps evidence of Hitler's remarkable consistency of views from the 1920s until his death in 1945. However, if you are looking for a greater insight into Hitler's personality and innermost thoughts, I would suggest reading Hitler's Table Talk by Hugh Trevor-Roper, which details conversations Hitler had with his inner circle that were secretly recorded for posterity. This is far more revealing about Hitler's personality and overall vision of the world, which was far more complex and interesting than one would normally assume.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rambling informative Shocking..., 18 May 2014
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Tony (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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Quite shocking to discover just how intelligent and Educated Hitler was whether or not you agree with his Political views and extremism.
Very informative personal insight into Political Parties, Cabinets and Governments of the time.
As stated in other reviews he does ramble on too much on the issues which effected him the most but these can be skipped over
or lightly read so as not to loose track....
Well worth reading....
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407 of 490 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of surprises and incomparably outlandish suggestions, 22 Mar 2006
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This review is from: Mein Kampf (Hardcover)
`My Struggle’ is a book that few people will want to read. This is because it was written by one of the most reviled men in history and because of the way it was written. The impression of Hitler from films and World War II books is simply a negative one: An evil war mongerer responsible for the deaths of millions. Reading his own book is intriguing and this is part of its relatively small appeal. In a similar way that classic books (e.g. Anna Karenina/Dead Souls) begin, after the first few pages you realise you are reading something created by an exceptional mind. However this book is not a beautiful story. This is not like a magazine article tackling a hard subject with little time which gives the astute reader the impression that he or she knows more about the subject than the writer. The first book `A Reckoning’ is partially a story of Hitler’s life, World War One and much of his theories and philosophy. You enter into a strange world of paragraph long sentences, repetition, constantly twisting and turning. Hitler has a go at politicians, policies, parasites e.t.c. and in a classic way is blind to the concept that his ideas might be as blinkered as those he attacks. He believes anything miserable, weak or cowardly must be eradicated, having no compassion or pity for anything that does not conform to his ideals. Hatred is a large part of this book. This book has more hatred in it than a quarter of a mile long oil tanker has oil. There is hatred for Jews, hatred against anyone who is not ulta-nationalistic or anyone not German. The author gives the impression that if the whole world were wiped out except for Germany this in itself would not be a bad thing. The reader might see from Hitler’s poverty, his misery, the huge bitterness and then a World War that this has formed something rather grotesque. It is intriguing however and there are some gems. His thoughts on history, propaganda, ideas about the state and nature are interesting but it’s not long before we are back to hatred of Marxism or an attack against incompetent politicians or greedy businesses or shopkeepers. Hitler’s solution is to have them shot. Very clear is the determination to use force rather than another means. I didn’t understand much of Mein Kampf, there is no attempt to explain anything clearly and you have to read and re-read sentences to get any impression of what exactly he is trying to say. Like a man prodding an angry dog on the other side of a fence, Mein Kampf draws you into some idea and then changes and swirls mid sentence and then modifies to another idea, all to irritate you and wear you out. I almost think Hitler sets out to confuse, as if to say I don’t really know the answer to all this and so I’ll muddy the waters as much as possible. Much of it is incomprehensible. This is not a book that sets out principles and builds them into a unifying theory. Hitler jumps from one idea to the next, there is little continuity and function is always narrowly beaten into second place by style. Mein Kampf does have a certain elegance and style that draws the reader in. Consistent with this book there are also tedious parts and sustained outbursts. The first book is hard going and the second `The National Socialist Movement’ you think will be even harder and true to form it’s not as theoretical or complicated as the first. The second book is less of a story than the first volume and I found it tedious. It shows you the near anarchy of groups struggling for power and describes marches and sinister fights in the beer halls. Here Hitler sets out his ideas for his party. Hitler’s National Socialism is an extremist workers party, a dictatorship with some distorted policies. This was a revolutionary party or perhaps terrorism on a large scale. This is a cold book, sarcastic, verbose, right on some things, wrong on others with a hefty dose of vileness. This book is an unimaginable creation and callous in the extreme. Symptomatic of the world we live in Mein Kamp offers a rare insight into the mind of a talented man who turns to bad things. This multi-sided book gives us a glimpse of why some things are but also leads you into the cul-de-sac of incorrect suppositions, his machinations going on and on exasperatingly. Hitler is religious, nationalistic, the fatherland is far more important than anyone else on Earth, but also strangely moralistic, family orientated, even faintly comical, dragged down into fine details, you won’t forget the huge impression of reading this book.
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Intriguing
Some truth in there
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Vile racism, nationalism and extremism
Very poorly written
Too long for the number of ideas, leading to much repetition
Ideas that are wrong
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars confusing, 9 Jun 2014
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Before reading this book I had only contempt for hitler. Now I see him as someone a bit mixed up, someone who could have been good for Germany if he had taken a different path
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always wanted a copy, 19 April 2014
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I am not quite sure if it is all right to say that one could love this book but a book is a book is a book regardless of who wrote it. I've always wanted to own a copy of Mein Kampf (just for the sake of owning) and now I have got one - I haven't finished reading it as its quite heavy going but then it is not a 'novel' it does require a lot of concentration not something to read on the way to work
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The seeds of Fascism, 17 July 2003
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This review is from: Mein Kampf/My Struggle (Paperback)
There is much debated subject amongst historians about the real importance of Mein Kampf in informing the nature of Hitler's later evils, but this makes an interesting read nonetheless. Although it is commonly accepted now that Hitler was a mad, evil dictator, this book is a sharp reminder that there was method behind the perceived madness, that besides his skills as an orator, Hitler tappen a common vein with the German people- but it was more than just a case of being at the right place at the right time. However, that's not to say that this was a 'blueprint' for what was to begin 7 years later. There is very little mentioned on the subject of foreign policy, although Hitler's intentions towards Lebensraum in the East are made quite clear.
You don't have to be a fan of Hitler to read this book. I'm not. But this is nonetheless essential reading to understand the circumstances of the Nazi rise to power and gain an insight into the mind of Hitler. Although not quite as compulsive, this would rank alongside '1984' as the best book to provide a warning of what could come to pass in the future. Don't forget- Hitler may have been fundamentally evil, but he was not stupid.
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