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Mein Kampf [Paperback]

Adolf Hitler
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent way to understand part of history April 15 2002
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitler Puttin' it to Paper Jan. 23 2002
Here it is, straight from the man himself. Called everything from garbage to a Satanic Bible, Mein Kampf is the written words of one of history's most important figures, Adolf Hitler. "My Struggle" was taken down in prison where Hitler was incarcerated for his failed Munich coup in 1923. Hitler waxes philosophical about his early life and aspirations, government, and a new program to lift Germany to dominance. The book is kind of tough to read at times, but other passages are remarkably lucid. This is probably due to the fact that it is a dictated account. There is endless repetition and congealed passages that will make you shake your head in incomprehension. I think the best hope for reading this book is to try and come away with the general themes of what Hitler is trying to say. Try not to get bogged down in the details or you're a goner.
Hitler begins the book by discussing his childhood. His father and him argued incessantly over what career Hitler should pursue. Hitler won by default (his parents died) and chose to pursue his dream of painting. He spent time in Vienna, where he began to form opinions on Marxism and Judaism. Long sections follow on Hitler's experiences in World War I, the Jews, and the failures of democracy. German foreign policy, along with its failures, is discussed in detail. Hitler never provides much evidence for his arguments, except for his condemnation of democracy, which is right on the money. Interspersed throughout his long discussions on politics and race are accounts of the rise of the NSDAP, or Nazi party. This is probably the most interesting part of the book, as Hitler outlines the growth of the party up until the Munich putsch.
I suspect most people will read this book to find out what Hitler says about the Jews.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only for the Educated Jan. 24 2002
To berate this author's book, passing it off as simply "rambling," is to deny passing on the message the Holocaust survivors want us most to deliver: "Always remember, and never forget." To discount it as boring or confusing simply means the reader must educate himself with history, desire to learn about issues outside his own environment and current events, and most importantly - read more in order to get a better vocabulary so it won't seem so confusing.
Upon first hearing that Hitler was a high-school dropout and before reading Mein Kampf, I figured it was his lack of education that gave way to his feelings - and actions - on racism. Throw in a little economic failure with a society desperate for WWI revenge, and you have the perfect recipe that needs only an uneducated schitzo like Hitler to concoct the horror that ensued. Oh, no, indeed. Rather, the opposite holds true: High school was far too simple for Hitler, who, unlike our own youth, thirsted for knowledge in the subjects our youth find tedious. It is when you WANT to learn and educate your SELF, rather than a school teacher assigning it to you that you truly learn and internalize anything.
It was in Hitler's thirst for knowledge of history, culture, society and his internalization of it that he conceived applying his knowledge to an entire nation by "saving" them from destruction. Was Hitler moral? Not by our standards. Was he correct? Not by our standards. But it is only in lending yourself to different thoughts than your own in past time periods and economies that we will learn FROM it so as to STOP it dead in its tracks in the future.
The most asked questions about the Holocaust, "HOW could he do what he did to so many people, and WHY?" starts HERE, with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars purveyor of fine literature Nov. 21 1999
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Having read this book several times, I must admit that it is certainly one or perhaps the greatest books of the 20th century. As such, it comes as no surprise that its wide distribution rivaled that of the bible if not surpassed it for a period.
While for many it may be difficult reading at first, some thinking that there are constant repetitions or odd sometimes mixed analogies, one needs only to realize that this type of artistic style merely reflects the newspaper literature of the time in this area. Obviously for the more fortunate, the original German version is the best read. Much is always lost in translation.
If one realizes that this book was purchased by people all over the world at the time of its writing and people found great interest in its content, it comes as no surprise that this intense treatise is still of great interest to people all over the world today.
This book written by the infamous Austrian author, Hitler, is a must read for everyone. Tis' nature, all will come out of this book with varying reactions. But I assume this is what the Austrian author had in mind. And he most certainly succeeded in this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I will be glad to business in the future with Amazon
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Published 1 month ago by Barbara W. Hearne
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Reading!!!!!
It's not a Pulitzer but a good reading book. And believe me...lots to read. Could have been larger type, but. Adolph was very clever. Fooled millions of Germans. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Swanson
2.0 out of 5 stars influential book after all) but found it boring almost immediately
I wanted to know what he wrote (it is an incredibly famous, influential book after all) but found it boring almost immediately. I never finished it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Booth
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!!
Definitely an insight into Hitler's Mind. Hard to understand at times, especially if you're not in the mood for something political. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JGIRO403
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on the most evil person I have heard about.
I was curious as to what he thought was so wrong about other peoples.. I believe that he was as psychotic as could be, but I do think we need to understand why others can destroy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rev. Dr. Doreen Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting life for sure
Long story but certainly worth the time to read to open a window into the mind of an interesting leader(?).
Published 2 months ago by Duke21
2.0 out of 5 stars the author is not a good writer and therefore reading few pages makes...
Although it is interesting to read what went through his mind, the author is not a good writer and therefore reading few pages makes you more frustrated than reading James Joyce. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Artem Vernigorov
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect translation
I bought this book for my dad as a gift and, having read the original in Germany as a child, he has commented on how good of a translation this book is.
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