Speeches of Adolf Hitler: Representative Passages from the Early Speeches, 1922-1924, and Other Selections Paperback – 30 Jul 2006
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Adolf Hitler is known to have delivered about 5000 major speeches in his lifetime and there exists a major corpus of these speeches running into several thousand pages.
This dauntingly large body of material is beyond the time and resources of the average intelligent enquirer.
However this volume offers a particularly useful introduction into Hitler's thinking by reason of at least two major considerations:
Firstly, Norman Baynes was himself a medieval scholar of distinction and this brings a refreshing detachment and accuracy to his translations.
Absent therefore, are the relentless rantings of the compilers and editors of similar anthologies.
Secondly, most of the speeches quoted here are from Hitler's early public addresses where he spoke extempore and to purely German audiences - and where there was no need to guard against malicious misrepresentation (in mainly foreign media) - something which occurred all too frequently later in his career.
This Howard Fertig edition captures some of the most illuminating statements of the aspiring Hitler, and goes a long way to providing an explanation of why this man was able to make such an impact on Germany and the history of our time.
One hopes that the publishers find the resources and encouragement to bring out a fuller collection of these speeches.
Note that analyzing Hitler does not mean agreement with him or admiration of him. The five-star rating refers to the historical value of the work.
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