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on 29 March 2015
A good insight
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on 29 January 2016
Excellent
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on 19 March 2015
Tough read
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on 14 June 2015
excellent
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on 5 December 2011
I chose the Ralph Manheim edition and it was not an easy read. The translation was very literal and long winded and of limited English expressions & idioms to make the text more understandable. To be honest a fair amount I didn't understand and I wonder if that was, rightly or wrongly, a deliberate act to discredit the author. As in other reviews on Mein Kampf there were many parallels with the strengths and weaknesses of to-days politicians and the importance of getting the propaganda right and the power of the spoken word as opposed to the written e.g. todays politicians clambering to appear on the radio and television to convey their respective manifestos. My very basic conclusion was that the German nation was tired of Marxism and those that controlled it. They were tired of crippling inflation that destroyed the middle classes and the crippling reparations resulting from World War 1. Germany sought to regain respect and that would not have been forthcoming from a weak, Marxist, bourgeois government. Hitler, the dictator, was put in to power to change all that. But sadly, like all power hungry politicians, they lose their way and turn into monsters. Perhaps if Hitler had turned towards England and not Russia (you never take on Russia, ask Napoleon) we would now all be driving top of the range Mercedes, Audis and Porches. Or perhaps not. You choose.
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on 8 February 2012
I have to regard this as one of the most badly bound books I have ever owned, some of the pages had to be cut apart to allow me to read them. I doubt I would buy from this publisher again.

As to the content, I come at this from the point of view as someone who has read quite a bit about the military history of WW2, and was expecting some sort of remotely rational or logical explanation for it all. This is not what is here: it is very much a rambling, repetative rant, full of circular arguments, contradictions and unsupported assertions. That does not mean it is uninteresting or unimportant, indeed it does help to explain what followed. From this one can gain a sense of the man and times in which he lived, unpleasant as they were. There is much that is fascinating for those interested in history or even psychology, just don't expect an easy read.
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on 1 March 2013
I have only given this 3 stars because of the very poor editing, it is full of misspellings and incorrect words. The book itself, however is a fascinating insight into the mind of this man. It is not easy reading as he tends to go round in circles, repeat himself, and labour points that are of very little importance, a great speaker he undoubtedly was, but certainly no writer. But then again that is what you would expect of him. Would just like to state that while I find him an interesting man, I certainly do not share his political views!
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on 12 January 2014
As an anglo-german I looked forward to reading this rant from the man who nearly spoiled my childhood. I found the autobiographical details fascinating, and the rest much as expected. Overall I remain amazed that such a rambling, ranting work should have achieved near biblical significance in Nazi Germany. I rate it as a weak publication, childishly egotistical and significant only to those already won over by the incredible recovery after the hyper inflation during the Weimar republic era. When one recalls that the original text was greatly edited down to this by a learned advisor, the mind boggles. The publication ban is likely to be lifted in Germany this year, and it will be interesting to see what the affect will be. Watch this spot!
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on 10 July 2009
I got this book out of interest to see if I could understand Hitler's perspective of his time. To be fair, i haven't finished reading this book yet. But so far its quite interesting. It starts with his story of how he grew up. It depicts a very intelligent man, who seems to have his morals in the right place and who just wanted to be an artist, but sort of fell into politics once he found he had a natural talent for it.

He does have some interesting views and explains his research before coming to certain conclusions which shows a man who is proving things before speaking out about them. He himself states at one point where he could not and therefore would not comment in a debate with work colleagues because at that time he knew nothing about the situation. However he does seem to have some rather misguided views, such as with the Jews. Where he explains his research and reasoning, but doesn't seem to be able to differenciate from all Jewish people, and a particular group. That group and their beliefs and practices being the ones he seems to have the problem with.

Admittedly since the book has been translated from German, some parts are difficult to understand. However I felt at times, in his resolve to make sure the reader understands what he means regarding a certain subject, he tends to go on and on, and then re-explain himself again from square one, which can become tedious.

Despite not yet finishing the book, I can say that so far, it is interesting to read and if like me can have you asking questions as to how this man, despite some of his beliefs, could ultimately become the same person who committed such atrocities during world war 2.
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on 22 August 2013
Often hear about this book and always wondered about the contents. Out of books on holiday I ordered it for my Kindle. This is clearly a translation and often not easy to follow some of the obscure translation choice of words but luckily, Kindle's 'dictionary' feature to the rescue!! :-) Very interesting to see how Hilter's mania develops over a period of time from what appears to be that of a 'concerned individual', through the trade union movement, the fear of his country's disappearance in the face of international indifference right up to the monster that he became. Worryingly, the world doesn't seem to have 'learned any lessons! :-(
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