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125 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edition
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...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Für inhaltliches Interesse empfehlenswert - jedoch nicht hochqualitativ
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Ausschließlich zum Aneignen des Inhaltes ist diese Taschenbuch"-Ausgabe (paperback) gut geeignet. Selbst als deutscher Muttersprachler benötigt man einen großen Wortschatz, um den Gedanken des Autors gut folgen zu können. Falls man an der Grundthematik interessiert ist, so ist dieses Buch empfehlenswert. Auch, da es hier im UK frei...
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125 of 134 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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101 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, poor publication, 5 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Mein Kampf (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Für inhaltliches Interesse empfehlenswert - jedoch nicht hochqualitativ, 5 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Mein Kampf: - Deutsch Sprache - Dies ist ungekürzte fassung: 1&2 (Paperback)
German:
Ausschließlich zum Aneignen des Inhaltes ist diese Taschenbuch"-Ausgabe (paperback) gut geeignet. Selbst als deutscher Muttersprachler benötigt man einen großen Wortschatz, um den Gedanken des Autors gut folgen zu können. Falls man an der Grundthematik interessiert ist, so ist dieses Buch empfehlenswert. Auch, da es hier im UK frei erhältlich ist (in anderen Ländern [bspw. Deutschland] darf das Buch vom Rechteinhaber [Freistaat Bayern] nicht nachgedruckt werden)

Bzgl. der Optik/Qualität gibt es jedoch Abstriche:
- scheint eine einfache MS-Word-Umsetzung zu sein;
- das Frontmotiv könnte qualitativ besser sein;
- das Format ist DIN A4 (und daher eher nicht als Taschenbuch zu deklarieren) - eher unhandlich;
- keine Silbentrennung, daher teils unschöne (lange) Leerzeichen zw. den Wörtern
- es ist nicht ersichtlich, warum an manchen Stellen im Fließtext Hakenkreuze eingefügt sind; manchmal zwei auf einer Seite (mit nur 5 Textzeilen dazwischen)

Kurzum: wer eine qualitativ hochwertige Ausgabe sucht, sollte hier nicht zugreifen. Wer jedoch ausschließlich am Inhalt interessiert ist, bekommt hier eine passende und billige Variante zugleich.
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Solely for appropriation of the content this "paperback" edition is suitable. Even as a German native speaker you need a large vocabulary in order to follow the thoughts of the author may well. If one is interested in the basic theme this book is highly recommended.
Also, it is here in the UK free, legal and unabridged, uncommented available (in other countries such as Germany the book should be not reprinted by the rights holder [Bavaria])

Respective optical reasons there are deficits:
- Seems to be a simple MS-Word conversion;
- The front motif could be of a better quality;
- The format is A4 (and therefore tend not to declare in paperback) - rather unwieldy;
- No hyphenation, therefore some ugly (long) space between words;
- It is not apparent why there are inserted swastikas in some places in the text, sometimes two on one page (in between with only 5 lines of text)

In short, those who seek high quality output, should not be accessed here. Who is interested only on the content, here gets a suitable and cheap route at the same time.
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415 of 500 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.
For:
Intriguing
Some truth in there
Against:
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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2 of 2 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy if you're set in your ways., 1 April 2014
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This book is demonised as evil but it's really just a political manifesto and not some huge pamphlet of evil. I emplore everyone to research the REAL facts behind WWII and maybe you'll be able to read this without your huge prejudices (which to be fair, we've all had thrust upon us since birth).

Don't read if you're Jewish, as he seems to hate Jewish people for some reason. Also don't read if you're one of these racially self-deprecating people as it's probably not up your street. Insightful stuff, and everyone should read it, even those that are very anti-anything.
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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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12 of 15 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
This review is from: Mein Kampf (Paperback)
'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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best edition in English?, 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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47 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hard but interesting read., 18 July 2007
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Mein Kampf is difficult to read,but at the same time very interesting.I found when reading it that page after page would deal with - as you might imagine - very mundane political issues from early German history,then all of a sudden Herr Hitler would begin to speak of the present.One thing that struck me was the fact that Hitler was clearly a man of colossal inteligance,not the 'raging beast' we see so often in WW2 footage on the tv.

In this book Herr Hitler goes from talking about how he used to wake up at 05:30 every morning at his army barracks in Munich just to watch - and take great delight in watching - the mice in his room playing in the dim light,to talking about the Holy Roman Empire,to talking about the Jewish threat to Germany all withing a couple of paragraphs of each other.

He also says things you wouldn't expect him to - such as how much he admires the English,and that he considers England as one of the only European countries Germany can be allied to. . . .They never taught me that in school history class,but that's the point isn't it - if you want to know more about that man,and that time in history then you have to find out for yourself,first hand - and discard what my old bearded,anorak wearing marxist of a history teacher ever told you.Enjoy.
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