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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (26 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467987581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467987585
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Alfred Rosenberg (12 January 1893 – 16 October 1946) was an early and intellectually influential member of the Nazi Party. Rosenberg was first introduced to Adolf Hitler by Dietrich Eckart; he later held several important posts in the Nazi government. He is considered one of the main authors of key Nazi ideological creeds, including its racial theory, persecution of the Jews, Lebensraum, abrogation of the Treaty of Versailles, and opposition to "degenerate" modern art. He is also known for his rejection of Christianity, having played an important role in the development of Positive Christianity, which he intended to be transitional to a new Nazi faith. At Nuremberg he was tried, sentenced to death and executed by hanging as a war criminal.

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This work must rate as one of the most significant of the 20th Century. The author, hanged in 1946 after the Nuremburg show trials, was a Baltic German who had seen Bolshevism at first hand during 1918 and who wrote this book as an overview of European history from a National Socialist perspective. One of the most significant fighters against the burgeoning power of "world jewry", Rosenberg was, in effect, Hitler's main ideological adviser on questions involving Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and the Jews generally.
On the face of it, it seems amazing that this book has been so long out of print in both German and English; on the other hand, neither English nor German National Socialists own the major publishing houses, bookshop chains etc.
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I read some, but not all, of this book. I found it enlightening, but hard going, like Mein Kampf . This book would be easier on the eye if it had paragraph breaks to space out the type. Mein Kampf was quite small print, i thought, but the content, even though written in higher English, allowed me to be bourne along page after page. The Myth didn't flow for me in the same way, but the content and the value of the book in essence still deserves the five star rating.
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One gets the impression that The Myth was translated underground and in a hurry. It needed some tender loving care, and an index.

Compare this to Houston Stewart Chamberlain's Foundations of the Twentieth Century. Presidents, prime ministers, respected broadsheets all raved about the Foundations. The translators really produced a testament to German-English relations with that one. Just before the First World War, the First Word War was inconceivable!

Anyway, in the Myth, the main word isn't Aryan but 'Nordic'.

Chamberlain, like Rosenberg, never uses Aryan or even Nordic. Instead, his fascination is with the 'Teutons'. Rosenberg never uses 'Teuton'.

Are you confused yet?

I think a modern reader will feel bewildered by all the pseudo-race categories. The Nazi's where serious about all those categories.

The Nazi's believed that you can have a slav human being, a celt human being, a teuton human being etc..

This mentality has vanished today.

One interesting observation of Alfred Rosenberg is his suggestion that only on the Nordic race has the umph to enact change.

Rosenberg writes that the Ancient Romans and the Ancient Greeks were Nordic. The ancients do seem impressive.

Look at the Greeks today! Pathetic. The English and the French are also pathetic! As for the Germans? "Goethe, look away"!

After the crash of 2008, we saw the peoples of the free world scurrying under the loving arms of their elected parliamentarians, for shelter from pigs on the wing, knowing full well what remorseless rape was to greet them, and their grandchildren, still they accepted it up the backside because they voted for their Gods and their Gods care for those yet to be born. They really do!
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As I expected, this book is an expression of a highly racist turn of mind. It wasn't clear
that the author was up for genocide at that point, but putting it down I felt it was less
than surprising that he was ready to go along with it later.
I ordered it because I'm highly interested in Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the
Stauffenbergs and thought it was important to see exactly what other
kind of thinking the people I admire were up against,

I didn't expect the book to be so full of History as the Nazis read it. I frequently had to
look up names and incidents on the internet. But I didn't find the writing as difficult as I'd
expected and wondered if the translator had done a bit of editing as well. I thought
the absence of footnotes was significant and also kept wondering where the author
had gotten his information from.

It's not difficult reading, just repugnant. And it did serve my purpose. But I hope
i won't now be bombarded with ads for other racist books.
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HASH(0x9eb55e4c) out of 5 stars An interesting history of Western mankind 2 July 2013
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It's difficult to sum up this book in a mere review, because there is simply so much that Rosenberg touches on. He writes with a unique grasp of history that is unlike anything I have read before. Rosenberg moves quickly through his summary of the history of Western mankind: Specific emphasis is put on the influences of Christianity and Judaism on Western man's racial development; Attention is also given to art, politics, nature, music, architecture, theology, and philosophy.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book for me personally is the important difference that Rosenberg makes between the concepts of *love* and *honor*. Love, for Rosenberg, has been corrupted by the Christian church and has been claimed as the highest of all values in today's ultra-egalitarian society. Honor, however, goes beyond the often frivolous aspects of "love". It is in honor, according to Rosenberg, that man finds his sense of responsibility and decency. Once these are firmly achieved, true love will then find its own way.

It is often said that the Christian church gave Europe its civilization. Rosenberg argues that in fact, the opposite is true: It is European man that gave Christianity *its* civilization. This interesting argument is quite plausible when one considers that from the very beginning, the Christian church outside of Europe (ie, Africa, Asia, etc.) never developed the kind of cultural achievements that it did in Europe. In any event, Rosenberg's history of the Church is most intriguing.

For all his criticisms of Christianity, however, it is clear that he does NOT believe that Christianity has always been a totally corrupt institution all the way through. He discusses how some of Christianity's best ideas actually originated in various outside influences, specifically Zoroastrianism. This itself was later adopted and altered by Judaism; it was then further distorted in the religion built around the apostle Paul, which eventually became known as Christianity.

Again, I must stress that it is difficult to sum up everything, simply because there is so much intriguing content to absorb with this book. Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9ed5103c) out of 5 stars The Alternative You Never Knew You Had 9 Dec. 1998
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In this, his seminal work, Alfred Rosenberg offers the reader a genuine alternative to the political and spiritual attitudes which modern Western society leads us to believe are our only options. From every center of power today we are told that we MUST accept democracy as the only "good" form of government, that we MUST choose either the Judeo-Christian tradition, the New Age movement, or secular humanism as our faith, and that we MUST look to either Adam Smith or Karl Marx for economic wisdom. In "The Myth of the Twentieth Century," Rosenberg takes aim at all of these assumptions and presents us with a worldview entirely different from any of those based upon them--one with its roots deep in those primeval affective, aesthetic, and intellectual inclinations characteristic of the Caucasian race. He argues powerfully for an organic polity as opposed to a universalist one--most specifically in the Germany of his time--but more generally for Western Civilization as a whole. At the heart of his argument is the provocative thesis that each of the races of the human species possesses a different kind of "soul," which is the origin of human cultural diversity. Environmental influences cannot account for the differences in style and achievement among the races, he argues; the respective environmental conditions under which they have lived have been far too similar to admit of such an explanation. Advancements in the scientific understanding of genetics made since Rosenberg's death, moreover, lend weight to his thesis and make it well worth a thoughful look. "The Myth of the Twentieth Century" will be of interest to those searching for their identity and its significance amid the anomic trends of contemporary Western life, as well as those looking for a socially relavent philosophy with some depth as an alternative to Establishment prejudices and platitudes.
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HASH(0x9eb60abc) out of 5 stars Race and Race Soul 20 Sept. 2002
By Joey E Boyum - Published on Amazon.com
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To say Myth of The Twentieth Century is hard to find is a gross understatement. One can find Mein Kampf everywhere. This i believe is due to Mein Kampf's ponderous size, and general incomprehensibility. Myth is concise, readable, and the product of a truly brillant writer. The only man at nuremburg hanged for writing a book. I find it amusing that everyone that attacks Rosenberg's views reverts to ad hominium attacks, ie name calling. If you can find this book BUY IT, READ IT, APPLY IT. At least read it on line. Worth the time and effort and eye strain.
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HASH(0x9eb562a0) out of 5 stars Nazi Views of Jews and Slavs; National Socialism as a Form of Socialism, etc. 26 Jun. 2008
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I give this book five stars solely for its historical value. There is much content in this book, and I will only touch on a few themes. Rosenberg relates his thinking to topics as diverse as the ancient Greeks, Teutonic mythology, religion (especially Christianity), papal politics, past German statesmen and philosophers, modern science, etc.

Rosenberg faults the Bible for teaching creation out of nothing, a 6,000 year-old earth, and the existence of Noah's Ark (p. 394). Unlike Hitler, who summarily dismissed Christianity as an effeminate Jewish invention, Rosenberg spends much time trying to "de-Judaize" Christianity, going as far as insisting that Jesus Christ was not a Jew. (p. 382)

The Jews-are-parasites theme of MEIN KAMPF is repeated by Rosenberg (p. 286). He also praises Emmanuel Kant for calling Jews "a nation of shopkeepers and swindlers" and Arthur Schopenhauer for calling Jews "the great masters of lies." (p. 434)

As for the Slavs, Rosenberg cites the Czechs as consisting of a Nordic-Slavic nobility and lower orders. (p. 57) This echoes the Nazi belief that all Slavic leadership, achievement, culture, creativity, etc., is produced by a thin upper crust of Slavicized Germans. There is no such thing as Slavic culture; it is all copied German culture. During WWII, Rosenberg's views on "race defilement" (pp. 373-374) were widely put into practice.

Nazism is sometimes conflated with nationalism. Actually, Rosenberg criticized it: "The old nationalism was manifoldly not sincere. It was a mere cover for large agrarian and industrial, and later, finance-capitalist, private interests." (p. 335). Genuine nationalism, according to Rosenberg, existed only when serving the needs of the Volk, and fused with socialism. (pp. 335-336, 338) In fact, Rosenberg commented: "Thus whoever wishes to be a nationalist today, must also be a socialist." (p. 336)

Indeed, there is no doubt about the fact that National Socialism was a form of socialism. In common with other Nazis (e. g., Goebbels), Rosenberg often attacked both capitalism and Communism, sometimes in the same sentence: e. g., "...bourgeois avariciousness, criminal Marxist insanity..." (p. 351) He praised Bismarck for having socialized the railways. (p. 336, 339)

National Socialism can best be understood as a racialist-socialist system that superseded all previous concepts of government, nation, etc. Rosenberg said: "Our new idea places Volk and race higher than the existing state and its forms. It declares protection of the people to be more important than protection of a religious creed, a class, of the monarchy or the republic." (p. 339)
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HASH(0x9eb56390) out of 5 stars Wow. I have finally read this little gem, ... 4 Nov. 2014
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Wow. I have finally read this little gem, despite some initial misgivings due to the infamy around which it has been wrapped over the years. Having read all the other literature from its original milieu (I am an academic with a background in history) I felt it necessary to finally tackle this book. Was I suprised. It is well written; operates outside of preconceived notions; and can be backed up by a little research on the side--ie. Rosenberg makes the contention that the Etruscans were a semitic group living on the Italian peninsula, who had brought ritual child sacrifice, pederasty, and the Whore of Babylon goddess worship from the Near East. The Romans had an instinctive distaste to these cultural motifs and fought a life and death struggle to eliminate this people from their soil, which ended in the creation of the Roman Republic. For decades this was considered a false contention until just recently at a dig in Tarquinia, the French and Italian archaeologists found bodies of ritually tormented and murdered victims ranging in age from very young through adolescent, some of which had sexual devices in or around their bodies: http://www.archaeological.org/lectures/abstracts/5797 (just one of many articles). This is just one premise of his which has only until now been validated. Furthermore, there has recently been a movement in some academic circles to define the European haplogroups and their core cultural landscape as coming from a common source, often referred to as "Atlantic" culture. Rosenburg anticipates this recent trend somewhat. His erudition concerning the old literature of the Vedas, Old Iranian mythologies, and ancient Mid-East texts and the histories that go along with these illustrates that he is not just spinning hearsay or fluff. His knowledge of Greek and Roman aesthetics and philosophy, early Christian patristic writing, and Judeao-Christian teleology again prove that he has studied what he writes about. HE IS NOT SOME NAZI SCRIBBLER or PUNDIT.

The general thesis of his book will make the new generation, cultural marxist student sweat a lot--if they could even get through the first few pages. But in overview it basically asserts that races have uniquely defined souls--not to be confused with Spirit, which is absolute and therefore shared by all--which have common core principles. These require specific social environments to maintain health, creative force, and longevity. When things get too accultured, that common soul loses vital force, and therefore its identity (it becomes schizophrenic and creatively impotent). The result is a decline in its development and unique character. Multiculturalism will end up destroying all cultures and races; and there is an international group who desire this end.

So, this is not for the faint of heart. I suppose it isn't for everyone, most certainly not for those who want the ready-made, vaccuous morals of the policorrect academics whose mantras have now been beaten into the brains of most young intellectuals these days. Read this book with an open mind. It may lead you down the road toward deprogramming yourself some day--and shouldn't that be the goal of every reasoning human being?
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