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Mein Kampf Paperback – 1999
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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 --By A Customer on 22 Mar. 2006
A good political read, very interesting to hear Hitler's rationale contemporaneously. --By A. G. Mahoney on 5 Feb. 2011
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"This is an excellent edition of Mein Kampf. --By EarlR on 2 Nov. 2010 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (NSDAP), Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer ("leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. He was effectively dictator of Nazi Germany, and was at the centre of World War II in Europe and the Holocaust. Hitler was a decorated veteran of World War I. He joined the precursor of the NSDAP, the German Workers' Party, in 1919 and became leader of the NSDAP in 1921. In 1923, he attempted a coup in Munich to seize power. The failed coup resulted in Hitler's imprisonment, during which time he dictated his autobiography and political manifesto Mein Kampf ("My Struggle"). After his release in 1924, Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of Versailles --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The literary quality of Mein Kampf was never stellar to begin with. It's verbose, long-winded and not very well written, but historians, students and history enthusiasts alike will get some mileage out of this book to be put into the shoes of one of the most infamous political leaders ever. Even if the exact truths of Mein Kampf are disputed, you can still learn some very interesting facts (Hitler wanting to be an artist surprised me). I personally don't advocate much - if anything - of what is actually written in terms of ideologies or political stances, but the source itself is still useful.
Just don't read it in public, such as on a train: you might bet lynched from sheer ignorance.
I read in my school library once, and I was using a Holocaust memorial bookmark without even realising the irony. I got some very nasty looks I can assure you.
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