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Essential reading, poor publication,
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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Initial post: 17 Nov 2013 20:47:54 GMT
Posted on 20 Mar 2014 08:18:05 GMT
Thank you for this review. Helpful. I would reinforce the usefulness of this translation for a contemporaneous view of Hitler's thinking after a hard start in life, years in the trenches and disappointment of defeatism on the home front and defeat which he blamed on his own government. His early political thinking is rational and logical in personal and historical context.
Hindsight obviously makes it tough read however and it is often hard to keep the mind within 1924.
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