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3.0 out of 5 stars A book of propaganda, not Hitler's innermost thoughts, 29 Jun. 2014
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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