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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395925037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395925034
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 4.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S. T. Pratt on April 15 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you are one of those people who are looking to further understand history by reading literature, then you will probably want to read Mein Kampf. In this book, you will find the ideologies and personality that led Adolf Hitler to take the course that he did. You will be able to further understand why things happened and why Hitler acted the way he did. Keep in mind, however, that this book must be read with an open mind that wishes to learn more about this aspect of history.
Mein Kampf was not written for you to sit down and read for enjoyment, and it should not be taken that way. The reading can be slow at times, but if you really wish to learn more about Hitler, the Third Reich, and what led to the Second World War, then this book is an indispensible resource.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dan on Feb. 25 2004
Format: Paperback
Hitler, although extremely evil, was possibly one of the best orators of all time. He could move crowds like no one else with his powerful speeches and yet virtually nothing he said is still quoted today. Why? Because it was not what Hitler said, but rather how he said it. Do not buy Mein Kampf if you want an entertaining, well written read; rather buy this book for its historical significance. Were this book written by some other unknown man the ramblings about racial purity and Jews as parasitic sub humans would enthrall very few and put most to sleep. However for those interested in how Hitler's mind worked there can be no better direct example than his book, but in literary quality two stars is very generous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Sansone on Aug. 16 2001
Format: Paperback
When reading this book it is important to keep a perspective about the times in which it was writen. I enjoyed the book even though some of it got repetitious. Hitler goes from being viewed as an out-of-work down-on his luck Bum, to a dedicated soldier, to a crazy mastermind and a compulsive Manic-Depressive. It's real easy to get inside of his head as he pretty much writes whatever seems to come into his mind at the time. I read it at the same time as two other books in order to give me an historic perspective. It is important to know your history to fully enjoy this book.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. G Watson on Feb. 6 2004
Format: Hardcover
I can't stand it when people post reviews which point out factual errors made by other reviewers, as this is usually done to show off their own knowledge rather than out of any charitable impulse to correct a wrong. That having been said, I have to do just that the two official Amazon reviews of this book posted at the top, one or both by Sunny Delaney, who should have checked the facts before posting them as such.
The original July 18, 1925 release of "Mein Kampf" was not a failure as stated. In point of fact this first printing of 10,000 hardback books sold 9, 473 copies in less than six months, despite a depressed economy and a relatively high price of 12 marks. If the printing had been a failure, Munich publisher Franz Eher would never have ordered a second in 1926. The second edition was in fact a disappointment, sales dropping off sharply in following years, and it was not until the Nazis gained significantly more momentum in Germany years later that additional editions were ordered. However, it is recorded that Hitler gained a substantial, if temporary, income from royalties of his book, and it may have financed or partially financed the 28,000-mark Mercedes-Benz he bought when released from Landsberg prison.
I understand that most people cannot even fake objectivity about Hitler as a historical figure because of the things he did and set in motion, but that is not an excuse for getting the facts wrong. "Mein Kampf" was by no means a runaway success, but neither was it a failure. It neither fulfilled the lofty expectations Hitler had for it nor flopped on its face as so many of his critics (and there were many, even in 1925) hoped.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 8 2002
Format: Paperback
This work is something of a phenonemon is that no other published work has been judged so predominantly on it's author alone without regard for it value as a literary piece. Had Plato, or Dickens or Shakespeare written this it would have had praise lavished upon it, just as if Hitler had written "Hamlet" it would have been condemned. To fully appreciate this work that narrow, blinkered political dogma has to be set aside. Approach with an open mind and evalutate the work itself and you will find that this book is not at all as it is commonly portrayed. It is reasonably well written, although it's foremost asset is the committment and passion with which the autor addresses the issues closest to his heart and the emotions of a man driven by burning ambition which radiate from every page. Whether or not you agree with the sentiment, I suspect most will not, every point is made with conviction and feeling. These are the words of a man speaking his mind with forthright honesty, a man who has a confident, unshakeable faith in his ideas and is not ashamed to share them with the world, a man with a vision in which he passionately believes. This book is branded "evil" as a matter of routine, but it is still essential reading if any objectively complete understanding of this period of history is to be achieved. No man should condemn that which he does not know, the other side of the story must be heard, and can there be a better source that the central figure in the story himself. Read this and dismiss it as nonsense if you see fit, but do read it for the insight it provides is as illuminating as it is invaluable.
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